Archbishop VALERIAN (Trifa) oversaw the
relocation of the parish to suburban Southfield from Detroitís near
eastside, where the original Byzantine style church (consecrated in
1917) stood at the corner of Russell & Hancock Streets. In 1961 the
consecration of the beautiful current temple, built by
parishioner-contractor Stefan Petcu, took place. Architect Haralamb
Georgescu was inspired by the traditional Romanian architectural styles
of Northeast Romania (Bucovina), familiar to many of the parishioners
during that period.
unique feature, typical of St Georgeís counterparts in Romania, is the
band of  mosaic icons circling the exterior of the structure with
holy figures from the history of our salvation in Jesus Christ. Most
are the work of Ilie Hasigan.
Through the main doors, and passing under the 10 ft high mosaic of the
soldier Patron, the Great Martyr George (+303) created by Cristian
Samoila, we reverently enter into the House of God. A marble font
(in the baptistry) to
the right reminds us that it is in the life-giving water of Baptism --
the first of the seven Mysteries/ Sacraments of the Church, that
Orthodox Christians are united to Jesus Christ. They are "born again"
through water and the Holy Spirit to begin their life in the Church, an
earthly pilgrimage to eternal life.
The nave, whose walls were embellished with Byzantine iconography by
Ioannis Terzis, is where the Church on earth is united with our fellow
citizens in heaven: the Birthgiver of God and Ever-virgin Mary, the
prophets, martyrs, apostles, holy men, women and children, rich and
poor; archangels, etc. Together we praise our on
eternal God who has
revealed himself as three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Also in the nave, we see: the "Cathedra" (Throne) of the Ruling
Hierarch; the elaborate Tomb, crafted by parishioner Vasile Simian, in
which the crucified Lord is buried on Holy Friday; the Cantorís stand;
etc. The side apses or "choirs" developed from the ancient practice of
antiphonal singing. [Note: All worship has the form of a dialogue
between the clergy and the faithful, who are led either by cantor or
choir.] Although pews have been adopted, sitting is not customary.
Orthodox Christians usually stand, kneel or prostrate themselves in
Godís presence during worship.
Alexandru Seceni carved the beautiful walnut iconostas (screen of icons)
and created its colorful, wood-burned icons that we face to the East.
Through its opened Royal Doors the Lord leads us -- in the person of the
hierarch/priest, into the Sanctuary or "Holy of Holies", to the Throne
of God. From this Holy [Altar] Table he offers his precious Body and
Blood in the Eucharistic service, the Divine Liturgy. God and man are
united in Holy Communion.
OFFICES & EDUCATION WING
An administration-education building is adjacent to the Cathedral. This
area encompasses the Office of the Dean, Parish Secretary and Financial
Office, a small lobby, a room for the young adults (AROY) / Choir
rehearsal space, and classrooms for the educational programs of our
children. An interesting feature of the main hallway is a display of
historical photographs highlighting events and organizations in the
THE CULTURAL CENTER / BANQUET FACILITY
The southern end of the complex comprises the
Cathedral Cultural Center. A major expansion and renovation of the
CCC was done in 1986, resulting in the space we
have today, along with subsequent upgrades and decorative additions. Two
halls, the large "St George" and adjacent
"Metes" Halls can accommodate up to 500 guests when combined.
The facility is used for various social gatherings of the parish and
Romanian community, and is available to the public for rental. Private
affairs such as meetings, wedding and baptism receptions, memorials,
dances, parties, luncheons, etc are examples of some of the events
Off the main lobby is a library / conference room. Recently this space
was embellished with displays of religious vestments, costumes and
cultural artifacts, as well as some historic pieces from the parish's