The Feast of the Annunciation, The Akathist, and Great Lent: A Complicated Relationship

 Signup to join myOCN Interactive Virtual Community and receive updates.  Let’s Talk, Thursday, March 25th  at 7pm EST with Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos and Fr. Christopher Metropulos as they discuss the beauty and complexities of Great Lent.  How do the Nativity themes of the Annunciation and the Akathist relate to our journey towards Easter? What is the Akathist and how does it prepare us for Great Lent.

Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos

Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos is an associate professor of liturgical studies and sacramental theology at the Catholic University of America, where he joined the School of Theology and Religious Studies in 2013. He received his PhD in liturgical studies from the University of Notre Dame. His research interests lie in the history of Byzantine liturgy and particularly in the evolution of liturgical structures and offices as witnessed in the manuscript tradition, and how the official or public liturgy intersects with private piety, both in the Byzantine era and today. He is an ordained Greek Orthodox priest, the son and grandson of priests.


Fr. Chris Metropulos

Shaped by a life of service to Christ’s Church, Fr. Christopher has dedicated himself to using all the tools God has placed at his disposal to spread the light of Orthodoxy across America. As Founding Father and host of the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) and the “Come Receive The Light” national Orthodox Christian radio program, he shepherds a dynamic and rapidly expanding ministry bringing joy, hope, and salvation in Jesus Christ to millions of listeners on Internet and land-based radio around the world in more than 130 countries. Fr. Christopher is the former President of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and Parish Priest of Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.