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8/23/17

10th Anniversary Akathist Prayer Service to St. Moses the Black

You are cordially invited to gather for an evening of prayer, refreshments and fellowship with others who wish to venerate St. Moses the Black on his annual feast day, and celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Metropolitan Detroit Chapter of the Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black.

The Akathist Prayer Service will take place on Monday, August 28, 6:30pm at St. Innocent Orthodox Church (23300 W. Chicago Rd., Redford MI -- 1-1/4 mile south of I-96 & 1/4 mile east of Telegraph Rd.).  It is sponsored by the Metropolitan Detroit Chapter of the Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black, a national Pan-Orthodox organization that works to make the Orthodox Faith available to the African American community and help the Church itself in realizing this goal.

(An Akathist is an extended prayer-hymn that alternates chanting by a priest with singing by the people, that both praises the life of a saint, holy event or Person of the Holy Trinity, while also instructing us.)

St. Moses the Black was an Ethiopian who lived in 4th century Egypt (in northeastern Africa), when Christianity flourished in northern Africa.  He is a revered Desert Father, whose spiritual journey is an inspiring story of Christian struggle and repentance.  A former slave and notorious gang leader, by God’s grace and forgiveness, St. Moses was able to repent of his sinful life, and live in an Egyptian desert monastery.  St. Moses became known for his humility, wisdom and power over demons.  Later in life he was ordained a priest and eventually became the abbot (head) of a monastery with about 75 followers.  St. Moses is recognized as the patron saint of African Americans.  His life and victory in Christ is remembered and celebrated on August 28 each year.

Please come for this 10th Anniversary prayerful Akathist Service and join in the congregational singing of the lovely hymn, while learning about the saint’s life, and then enjoy the refreshments and fellowship that follow in the church hall.  Church tours available upon request.  All are welcome! — Orthodox and non-Orthodox inquirers.


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