Orthodox Christians welcomed a regional church leader on Sunday to Duluth.
Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, presided over the liturgy at Twelve Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church, which was attended by dozens of parishioners from across northeastern Minnesota.
The visit is part of an annual tour of the 58 parishes in the Metropolis of Chicago, which spans parts of six states.
The 2,000 year-old religion still uses first century, new testament Greek including at the parish in Duluth.
The liturgy featured the traditional language along with a special procession of icons.
In a time where Orthodox Christians are being persecuted, the Bishop shared a message of peace, especially for the turbulent Middle East.
He said, the religion can be a witness in the world.
“I think this parish and our Orthodox tradition has a beautiful faithfulness and tradition that it can offer the world,” Demetrios of Mokissos said.
“This parish, maintaining our traditions as beautifully as it does, yet opening it self up to the wider community is a great witness.”
As a sign of unity among Orthodox Christians, the bishop also planned to officiate at Duluth’s Serbian Orthodox Parish.