Orthodox church holding vespers

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – Upper Ohio Valley Orthodox clergy and congregations will visit Holy Resurrection Serbian Easter Orthodox Church for a Lenten vesper service at 5 p.m. March 30 at 528 N. Fourth St.

The service will begin the fifth week of Orthodox Lent, called the Great Fast by Orthodox Christians, which prepares the congregations for the Passion and Resurrection of Christ. The Orthodox Christians will celebrate Easter, or Pascha, together with other Christians, April 20.

The Orthodox Sunday Lenten vespers is a daily vesper service with parts of the compline service added. Lenten hymns are sung and the Lenten prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian is said, accompanied by prostrations. Clergy change from bright to dark vestments in the middle of the service to signify the transition from the resurrectional brightness of Sunday to the somber weekday tone of the Lenten fast.

Responses will be sung by the church’s Petar Krstich Choir, and a homily will be offered by the Very Rev. Stevo Rocknage of St. Sava Church in McKeesport, Pa., who is a native of Steubenville.

A lenten supper will follow prepared by the women of the church’s Vidovdan Circle of Serbian Sisters.

The public is invited to all events, and Holy Resurrection is part of the Serbian Orthodox Pittsburgh Deanery.