Metropolitan Sotirios Visits Thunder Bay
On Saturday, June 17, 2017, His Eminence visited the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Community in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The Metropolitan presided over the Divine Liturgy, assisted by Parish Priest Fr. Nikolaos Tambakis, together with Frs. Odisseys Drossos and Lubomyr Hluchaniuk. His Eminence tonsured three altar boys — Timothy Hari, Theodore Sancartier, and Stasio Catanzaro — as Readers. They are Worthy! Following the Liturgy, Metropolitan Sotirios also elevated Fr. Nikolaos to the rank of Economos. He has piously served our Holy Metropolis for many years, leading an active and spiritually strong community of Orthodox faithful. Axios! All parishioners gathered together afterwards in the parish hall for food and drink. Congratulations to the Community President, Philoptochos, and above all Fr. Nikolaos. Glory be to God for all things!
Celebrating the Sunday of All Saints
On June 10-11, 2017, His Eminence Metropolitan Sotirios visited the Community of All Saints in Toronto, Ontario. On Saturday evening, he presided over Great Vespers, assisted by many Reverend Fathers from the Greater Toronto Area. On Sunday morning, one week after Holy Pentecost, His Eminence celebrated the Divine Liturgy, assisted by Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Haridimos Sarris. The church was filled to capacity with pious faithful, many whom approached to receive Holy Communion. In his homily, the Metropolitan focused on the need for all to confess our Orthodox Christian faith, like the Saints of the Church, connecting his message to the Bible Reading from the Gospel of St. Matthew. Following the Liturgy, His Eminence acknowledged the winners of the 2017 Stephen (+1974) and Chryssa (+1992) Ayton Scholarships. The scholarships are awarded annually to Greek Orthodox students from All Saints who have excelled in their academic studies and choose to pursue higher education. Our Holy Metropolis acknowledges the generous and continuous support provided through the Ayton Scholarships and is grateful to the Argyrides and Psillas families for their ongoing charity and kindness.
Greek Orthodox Youth Association Summer Festival
At the beginning of June, the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Youth Association (GOYA) in Laval, Quebec, held its First Summer Festival. Under the spiritual guidance of Parish Priest Fr. Zisis Nterekas, the organizational leadership of GOYA members, and support from parishioners and the community, the festival was a great success. The funds raised will go to support the Sunday school and youth programs of the St. Nicholas Church in Laval. Our Holy Metropolis extends its sincere congratulations to all of the organizers, benefactors, and participants.
Celebrating the Monday of the Holy Spirit
On June 5, 2017, Metropolitan Sotirios celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Church of the Holy Trinity in downtown Toronto for the Monday of the Holy Spirit; he was assisted by Parish Priest V. Rev. Fr. Ignatios Delis. The previous evening, the Sunday of Pentecost, Great Vespers was held, which was followed by an offering for all parishioners.
Apolytikion: Blessed are You, O Christ our God, who made fishermen all-wise, sending upon them the Holy Spirit and, through them, netting the world. O Loving One, glory to You.
Celebrating Saints Constantine and Helen
On the evening of Saturday, May 20th, together with the following day, May 21st, our Holy Church commemorated the memory of the Holy Emperor Constantine and Empress Helen, Equal-to-the Apostles. Great Vespers and the Divine Liturgy were celebrated at the parish in Dollard Des Ormeaux, Quebec, presided over by His Eminence Metropolitan Sotirios. At the celebrating parish in Toronto, His Grace Bishop Christoforos presided over both holy services, assisted on Sunday by Rev. Frs. Theodore Paraskevopoulos (Parish Priest) and Stavros Maniatis. Thousands of faithful across Canada celebrated St. Constantine, the great and renowned sovereign of the Christians, together with his holy mother Helen, who undertook a journey to Jerusalem and found the Holy Cross on which our Lord was crucified.