On the Sunday of Orthodoxy, March 8, 2020, following our Reader Service and the Synaxarion reading, we had a procession outside of our worship space to complete the commemoration of the full establishment of Icons within the Orthodox Church. Below is a photo of some of our "Icon Bearers"!
On January 9/22, 2020, the day of the commemoration of Hieromartyr Philip, Metropolitan of Moscow, the Dean of Michigan Parishes, Fr. Gregory Joyce, served the Divine Liturgy at the St. Sebastian Mission in Traverse City, MI with Archbishop Peter’s blessing. This was the very first Divine Liturgy in the newly configured worship space on Douglas Drive. Although it was a working day, 15 people gathered for the Divine Liturgy – 14 of these partook of Holy Communion (the 15th was a Catechumen). Following the Divine Liturgy a meal was presented at which the future of the mission was discussed, as well as several interesting questions about Orthodox Christianity in Michigan and on the North American continent. God willing, Liturgy will again be served on February 18, and Sunday Reader Services will commence on February 2.
On June 26, 2019 the very first service was held with another Orthodox mission parish that recently came into existence in Cadillac, Michigan. The photo below was taken immediately following the Divine Liturgy that was held that morning. In addition, this Liturgy was the first such service during which the newly-tonchured Sub-Deacon, Micah, performed his appointed duties as a Sub-Deacon!
On December 5, 2018, St. Sebastian parishioners hosted The Very Rev. Dr. John Behr (for an encore visit!) for a very educational presentation of the translated writings of a 2nd Century Christian Bishop named Melito of Sardis. The book featuring these writings is titled "On Pascha", penned by Alistair Stewart-Sykes, which provides the very first known insights into "our understanding of the earliest paschal liturgy." Fr. Behr's presentation was audio recorded and is posted below as an audio file in "mp3" format for those that either missed the presentation, or those wishing to re-visit the details of certain sections.
(Note that the text being read during his presentation is found here ==> http://sachurch.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/On-Pascha-Melito-of-Sardis.pdf)
Fr. Behr Presentation - On Pascha_by Melito of Sardis_120518_smaller.mp3