On Sunday April 6th, the *Great Compline service was held at St. Demetrius Ukrainian Orthodox Church. This service was also the annual Lenten mission service of the Toronto Deanery and included the presence of all of the Deanery clergy. The St. Demetrius Church Choir sang during the service which included prayers for the ensuing feast-day Благовіщення Пресвятої Богородиці or the Annunciation of the Holy Theotokos - the celebration of the announcing of the birth of Christ to the Virgin Mary as recorded in the Gospel of Saint Luke. The sermon was delivered by Fr. Peter Anhel. The Quartet from the St. Demetrius Church Choir sang at the conclusion of the service as the faithful venerated the cross and were anointed by the priest.
Following the service, a lenten meal was served in the church hall. A short program was hosted by Fr. Walter Makarenko, and Fr. Bohdan Sencio delivered the keynote lecture.
*The Great Compline is the final church service (or office) of the day in the Christian tradition of canonical hours. The English word Compline is derived from the Latin completorium, as Compline is the completion of the working day. The word was first used in this sense about the beginning of the 6th century. Compline tends to be a contemplative Office that emphasizes spiritual peace. In many monasteries it is the custom to begin the "Great Silence" after Compline, during which the whole community, including guests, observes silence throughout the night until the morning service the next day. The Office always ends with a mutual asking of forgiveness. It is an ancient custom, practiced on the Holy Mountain and in other monasteries, for everyone present at the end of Compline to venerate the Relics and Icons in the church, and receive the priest's blessing.
Great Compline - Blahovishenya - 04/06/2014
Click to view a slideshow of more photos from the Great Compline at St. Demetrius Ukrainian Orthodox Church on the evening of Sunday April 6, 2014...