The Annunciation of the Theotokos & Greek Independence Day
His Eminence Metropolitan Sotirios, together with His Grace Bishop Andriy (Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada), presided over the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at the Church of the Annunciation in Toronto. They were assisted by Rev. Frs. Peter Avgeropoulos (Parish Priest); Bohdan Hladio; Stavros Maniatis; and, Geoffrey Ready. The parish was full to capacity to celebrate the Great Feast of the Annunciation of the Theotokos. Following the Liturgy, the traditional Doxology was chanted in honour of Greek Independence Day. The Consul General of Greece in Toronto, Mr. Alexandros Ioannidis, addressed parishioners and also read the Proclamation of the President of the Hellenic Republic, His Excellency Prokopios Pavlopoulos.
Long live March 25th, 1821! Long live Greece! Long live Canada! Long live freedom!
Celebrating the Sunday of the Holy Cross at St. George
On March 19, 2017, Metropolitan Sotirios, assisted by Rev. Fr. Triantafillos Porfiris, celebrated the Divine Liturgy for the Third Sunday of Great Lent (Sunday of the Holy Cross) at the Church of St. George in Toronto. Following the Liturgy and Procession of the Holy Cross, His Eminence led the ribbon cutting and blessing for the completion of the parish’s elevator project. A wonderful luncheon was also organized by the Community Council and Philoptochos. Congratulations to the Church of St. George, its President (Mr. Grigoris Karakoulas), Mr. Nicholas Kapelos who spearheaded the project, and to all the volunteers and donors who contributed to making this dream a reality.
Great Lent Philoptochos Retreat
On Saturday, March 11, 2017, Metropolitan Sotirios presided over the Divine Liturgy at the Church of St. Nicholas in Toronto; he celebrated the Liturgy alone, as a simple priest. Following the distribution of the Antidoron, all parishioners made their way to the parish hall for a complementary Lenten meal. The Philoptochos Retreat of the Greater Toronto Area is one of many held across the country during Great Lent. At each retreat, the Metropolitan delivers a homily, as does the local parish priest. On Saturday, His Eminence spoke on this year’s theme of our Holy Metropolis (“Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them,” Mark 10:14); following the homily, the Metropolitan took many questions from parishioners and provided the faithful with fatherly advice and direction. Fr. Fanourios Pappas also addressed the gathering. Many members of the executive of the National Philoptochos were present, including the President, Mrs. Sapfo Rassias. The Philoptochos, together with the Community of St. Nicholas, organized everything wonderfully.