Oak Ridge, Tennessee, April 10, 2023
Great Lent is a traditional time to receive people into the Church, and especially just before Holy Week or on Holy Saturday, so that the newly-illumined can greet the Resurrection of Christ as Orthodox Christians and partake of Holy Communion.
This year, at just one parish in east Tennessee, more than two dozen people were united to Christ and received into the holy Orthodox Church.
Altogether, 27 people became Orthodox at St. Anne’s Orthodox Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, a parish of the Orthodox Church in America’s Diocese of the South, on Lazarus Saturday.
This was reported by Terry Mattingly, a nationally syndicated journalist and parishioner of St. Anne’s.
Rector Fr. Daniel Greeson also spoke of the joyous event in his remarks following the Divine Liturgy for Lazarus Saturday.
“It’s a wondrous day, to have received so many into the Church,” Fr. Daniel said.
May God bless and keep the newly-illumined of St. Anne’s and everywhere!