In what Greek Orthodox clergy say is "a once-in-lifetime event," Baltimore County's St. Demetrios Church will be consecrated this weekend by two of the denomination's revered leaders, who will encase relics of three early Christian saints in the altar table.
His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos and His Excellency Metropolitan Silas will preside at the consecration service at 9 a.m. Sunday, the culmination of a series of ancient rites this week at the domed church at 2504 Cub Hill Road.
Construction of the church, decorated in the Byzantine style, began in 1983 on a 30-acre site in the Cub Hill section of the county north of Carney.
Bones of Saints Boniface, Cyril of Alexandria and Panteleimon will be brought to the church tomorrow and set on a paten. The relics will be covered with a veil until Sunday morning, when they will be interred in a 1,600-year-old ceremony.
During the services Sunday, Archbishop Iakovos, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America, will be assisted by Metropolitan Silas, who has immediate jurisdiction over the parish. They will carry the relics around the church three times in a procession of the congregation.
Water and oil will be used in the consecration service, which will include the lighting of the vigil lamp before the tabernacle.
The congregation's worship and celebrations this week began with the St. Demetrios Feast Day Vesper Service and a reception Wednesday evening, and continued with a Divine Liturgy yesterday morning. The Great and Solemn Vespers of Consecration at 7 p.m. tomorrow will be followed by another reception in the church's Fellowship Hall.
The congregation has planned a third reception and a dinner-dance beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel, 903 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson.
Joy and suffering: Baltimore's Emmanuel Episcopal Church is sponsoring a seven-hour public program Nov. 11 at Goucher College that will explore Eastern and Western religious traditions.
"Joy and Suffering: Learning from Our Shared Histories" is the subject of the workshop, which will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the college's Center for Continuing Studies.
A $35 registration fee will include lunch and refreshments. Information: 337-6200.
For men only: Ron Jensen, author of "Make a Life, Not Just a Living," will address a two-day men's conference beginning at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 and continuing from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at Central Presbyterian Church, 7308 York Road in Towson.
The fee is $5 for the Friday evening session or $25 for both days. Information: 823-6145.
Cantors in concert: Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Ave., will present a "joyous musical program" featuring eight cantors from Washington and Baltimore at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $15 at the door.