Under the aegis of the Orthodox Christian Clergy Association of Greater Chicago, the Lenten Akathist service was conducted tonight at the New Gracanica Monastery. Eight priests and two deacons from various Church jurisdictions served together. Singing was performed by the Pan-Orthodox choir of Chicago area. Fr Milorad Loncar gave the sermon on the topic of the Most Holy Mother of God and the importance of following her example in the life of each Christian. After the service, everyone gathered in the monastery hall for a lenten snack and fellowship.