Bringing to life the words of the Psalmist, “ Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity” (Psalm 133: 1), the canonical Orthodox bishops of the western United States – Metropolitan Gerasimos, Archbishop Joseph, Archbishop Benjamin, and our Bishop Maxim – are admired for their concerted efforts to gather their clergy and faithful together in worship and fellowship. The latest occurrence of this was here at the Cathedral on Saturday and Sunday, March 8 and 9, 2014, for the first Sunday of Great Lent, which commemorates the return of icons to the Church in the year 843 after the heresy of iconoclasm was overcome.
On Saturday afternoon, thirty youth from Grades 5 through 12, including St. Steven's students, assembled in the North hall and were led by Fr. Bob Fox from St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Anaheim. Fr. Bob incorporated fun activities into his presentation that helped the students recognize three important ways to strengthen their spiritual lives: regularly going to church, attentively praying every day, and seeking fellowship with their Orthodox Christian peers. The hierarchs joined the group for a portion of the event and appreciated the growing love the youth have for their faith.