More than 300 worshippers took part in a concelebrated Divine Liturgy of Oriental Orthodox churches on Saturday, October 12, at the St. Leon Armenian Church of Fair Lawn, NJ. The majestic service involved clergy, choirs, altar servers, and faithful of the Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopian, Malankara, Syriac, Knanaya, and Eritrean churches.
The liturgy was jointly celebrated by the bishops of all seven churches. These included Archbishop John Kawak of the Syriac Orthodox Church, Archbishop Silvanus Ayoub of the Knanaya Syriac Church, Bishop David of the Coptic Orthodox Church, and Bishop Daniel of the Armenian Church.
Noting in his homily that the service coincided with the Armenian Church’s Feast of the Holy Translators, Bishop Daniel urged listeners to do their utmost to translate the holy orthodox faith to the surrounding world, in fulfillment of Christ’s Great Commission.
A warm-hearted fellowship luncheon took place after the liturgy, where the diverse faithful of the Oriental Orthodox “family” had a welcome opportunity to meet and share each other’s company.
Click here to view photos on the Facebook page of the Standing Conference of Oriental Orthodox Churches (SCOOCH), which convened the celebration.
For those interested in experiencing such a service, an Oriental Orthodox concelebration is scheduled for the Philadelphia area on Saturday, November 2, at the St. Sahag and St. Mesrob Armenian Church of Wynnewood, PA. (Click here for an announcement.)