We began the evening with Daily Vespers in St. Elizabeth Chapel commemorating the Holy Prophet Obadiah & Martyr Barlaam of Caesarea (November 19th) with over 40 college students and young adults "actively participating" in the service by taking turns reading the Stichera during "O Lord, I have cried" and the Aposticha, as well as singing the responses. It was truly a blessing to witness!
Following Vespers, we listened to talks on the Advent Season and the Icon of the Nativity of Christ by Rev. Fr. Nicholas Hadzellis, associate pastor of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral and Rev. Fr. Symeon Kees, associate pastor of St. George.
We then headed to the Church Fellowship Hall for our Orthodox Coffee House to enjoy delicious sweets/desserts, an assortment of fruits, flavorful coffee and tea, lively conversations, and fun-filled games.
Many thanks to our area clergy for their support and all those who attended!
Enjoy some pictures courtesy of Ivette Mekdessi, President of OCF at the University of Houston:
|Fr. Nicholas discussing the Advent Season|
|Like these guys are smiling!|
|George obviously enjoys the evening - two big thumbs up!|
|Happy Birthday Monica...|
|Anddd Joseph, Happy Birthday!|
|Making sure the game is fair - I'm a competitive Taboo player|
|Our Game Moderator for the evening - some people|
can't handle the pressure apparently
|Who gave them a knife? - Yikes!|
- A Day in the Life of the Youth Director