General Unction in the Deanery 
10/3/23, 12:00 PM

With Archbishop Peter’s blessing we will serve General Unction in three distinct geographical regions of our state this Great Lent. It is our hope that this will allow the vast majority of the Michigan faithful to participate in this important healing sacrament of the Church. The schedule of the Unction services is:

March 23: St. Sebastian Church, Traverse City
March 26: Sts. Sergius & Herman Monastery, Houghton
April 3: St. Vladimir Church, Ann Arbor

Please note that Unction is a Sacrament of the Holy Church. All are welcome to attend the service, but only Orthodox Christians may be anointed with the Holy Oil at the conclusion of the service. The Sacrament of Unction is tied very closely to both repentance and healing, and thus, although this sacrament is generally reserved for those who are very sick (to aid in their healing or their prayerful departure into the next life) the practice is to hold this service one time per year during Great Lent to strengthen all of us on our path towards spiritual healing through repentance – the path we tread each year during Great Lent. IT IS IMPORTANT that you prepare yourself by confessing before this sacrament. Children who do not participate in the sacrament of Confession (those generally less than 7 years old) are not anointed at the General Unction service unless suffering from a serious illness.

Questions should be directed to the Dean of Michigan Parishes.

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