Celebrating the Feast of St. Philothei
A vigil was held on Saturday evening, February 18, 2017, for the Feast of St. Philothei the Righteous Martyr of Athens. Metropolitan Sotirios presided over the Divine Liturgy (see Press Release). On the Sunday morning, His Grace Bishop Christoforos presided over the Liturgy for the feast, at the Church of St. Nicholas in Toronto, where a chapel at the parish is dedicated to her memory. He was assisted by Rev. Frs. Charalambos Elles; Fanourios Pappas; and, Georgi Despodov. Following the Gospel Reading for Meat-fare Sunday (Matthew 25:31-46), His Grace delivered the homily where he spoke about the life and example of the Saint, who is the Patron of the Philoptochos in Canada.
Fundraiser for the Monastery of Panagia Parigoritissa
On Sunday, January 22, 2017, the Annual Fundraising Dinner of the Monastery of the Virgin Mary the Consolatory was held. His Eminence Metropolitan Sotirios, Abbess Thekla and the Sisters with her, Ambassador of Greece to Canada the Hon. Georgios Marcantonatos, many Reverend Fathers, dignitaries and hundreds of pious faithful attended the successful event. Our Holy Metropolis sincerely thanks and expresses its gratitude to Le Château Royal Convention and Reception Halls and Mr. Vasilis Zannis for their generosity in hosting the fundraiser.
Synaxis of Saint John the Baptist
On Friday, January 6, 2017 — the Great Feast of the Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ — Metropolitan Sotirios presided over Great Vespers for the Synaxis of St. John the Baptist and Forerunner at the celebrating parish in Toronto, Ontario. The following morning, His Eminence celebrated the Divine Liturgy, assisted by Parish Priest Fr. Philip Philippou. Thousands of pious faithful attended the holy services; in his homily, the Metropolitan spoke about the life and sacrifice of St. John and asked each parishioner to examine their own lives using the Holy Prophet and Forerunner as a model.
Apolytikion of Theophany: Lord, when You were baptized in the Jordan, the veneration of the Trinity was revealed. For the voice of the Father gave witness to You, calling You Beloved, and the Spirit, in the guise of a dove, confirmed the certainty of His words. Glory to You, Christ our God, who appeared and enlightened the world.
Celebrating the Feast of St. Nicholas in Toronto
On December 5-6, 2016, Great Vespers and the Divine Liturgy were celebrated for the Feast of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra, at the celebrating parish in Toronto, Ontario. His Grace Bishop Christoforos presided over both holy services, assisted by many Reverend Fathers including Parish Priest Fr. Fanourios Pappas. Thousands of pious faithful came to venerate the Saint’s holy relics and to worship the Triune God. Following both Vespers and the Liturgy, the Community of St. Nicholas offered food and drink to all parishioners in the Metropolis Cultural Centre. Everything was exceptionally organized to honour and celebrate this great Saint of the Church. Congratulations to all!
Apolytikion: A model of faith and the image of gentleness, the example of your life has shown you forth to your sheep-fold to be a master of temperance. You obtained thus through being lowly, gifts from on high, and riches through poverty. Nicholas, our father and priest of priests, intercede with Christ our God that He may save our souls.