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Detroit area churches to sponsor Christmas benefit concert December 13

DETROIT, MI [MW Diocese Communications] — The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit (COCC) will sponsor “Christ is Born! Glorify Him! A Detroit Orthodox Christmas Concert” on Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 36375 Joy Road, Westland, MI.

The first part of the concert will feature Nativity hymns and carols from Greece, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine sung by choirs from five Orthodox churches: Saints Constantine and Helen, directed by Maritsa Kalasz; Holy Transfiguration Church, Livonia, directed by Sharon Gomulka; Saint George Romanian Orthodox Cathedral, Southfield, directed by Subdeacon John E. Lazar; Saint Lazarus Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, Detroit, directed by Petra Koprivica; and Saint Mary the Protectress Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, Southfield, directed by Mykola Newmerzyckyj.  Also slated to perform are the Romanian Children Carolers, directed by Simona Ghilezan.

The second part of the concert will feature Nativity hymns and carols sung in English by an inter-Orthodox chorus directed by Matushka Victoria Kopistiansky.  It will conclude with a sing-along of popular Western Christmas carols.

A free-will offering will be taken during the concert to benefit “Detroit’s Own Orthodox Radio” program, which is broadcast on Sundays from 4:00 until 5:00 p.m. on radio station WNZK-AM 690.  Visit for live-streamed and archived episodes and further information.

A reception with refreshments will follow the concert, to which the public is invited.  For further information, contact Olga Liss at 248-252-8184 or

The COCC is a 58-year-old clergy and lay association that represents various canonical Orthodox churches in metropolitan Detroit and sponsors a variety of worship, fellowship, charitable, educational and outreach programs. For further information, visit

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