St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral hosted WOCA Vespers for the first time - 03/08/09

Ushering in the 2009 season of Great Lent, we celebrated the Sunday of Orthodoxy at St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Seattle's Capitol Hill District. Local clergy and faithful from the Greater Seattle and Puget Sound area joined together celebrating the Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers. Upon entering the Cathedral, local clergy and faithful venerated Icons and relics of Saints arranged in a semi-circular fashion beneath the Cathedral's grand chandelier. The service wasn't complete without Clergy and Faithful processing round St Nicholas Cathedral amidst Seattle's skies mixed with sunlight and later with a bit of hail and snowflakes. Vespers concluded with a short homily delivered by Fr John Strikland of St Katherine Mission (OCA) of Kirkland in Seattle's Eastside.
 
Icons and Relics of Saints in front of Iconostasis
Local Clergy gather for Vespers
Procession round the Cathedral begins
Procession to south side of Cathedral
Procession at south side
Processing towards the east side
At the east side of the Cathedral
At the north side of the Cathedral
Processing towards west side
Clergy and Faithful in front
Procession into Cathedral
Clergy gather at conclusion of Vespers