Celebrating the Nativity of Christ in British Columbia
This year, His Eminence traveled to British Columbia to celebrate the Nativity of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ. On Sunday morning, Christmas Eve, he presided over the Divine Liturgy at the Church of St. George in Vancouver (photo). That evening, Metropolitan Sotirios made his way to the Greek Orthodox Community of Surrey, where he celebrated Great Vespers for the Nativity at the Church of Sts. Constantine and Helen. The following morning, Christmas Day, His Eminence presided over the Divine Liturgy at the Church of St. Nicholas, also in Vancouver. The parishes were full of pious faithful, as all gathered to celebrate the Incarnation of Christ. Many festivities and community events were also organized during the holidays. Our Holy Metropolis congratulates the communities of British Columbia, who are each making great progress, and wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.
The Feast of Catherine the Holy Great Martyr of Alexandria
On November 24-25, 2017, His Eminence Metropolitan Sotirios presided over Great Vespers and the Divine Liturgy at the celebrating community in St. Catharines, Ontario, for the feast of Saint Catherine the Holy Great Martyr of Alexandria. The Metropolitan was assisted by Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Demetrios Tzaneteas, together with many Reverend Fathers who traveled from southern Ontario to “praise the most auspicious bride of Christ, the divine Catherine, protectress of Sinai, our aid and our help” (Apolytikion). There was not enough space in the parish to hold all of the pious faithful who traveled by bus-load to St. Catharines. In his homily, His Eminence spoke about the life of St. Catherine and the need for all Christians to proclaim Christ in today’s society. Following both holy services, parishioners gathered together in the parish hall for a lenten meal and the singing of traditional Christmas carols (Kalanta).
Celebrating the Synaxis of the Holy Archangel Michael
On November 7-8, 2017, Metropolitan Sotirios presided over Great Vespers and the Divine Liturgy at the celebrating community of Archangels Greek Orthodox Church in Montreal, Quebec, for the feast of the Synaxis of the Holy Archangel Michael and all the Bodiless Powers of Heaven. His Eminence was assisted by many Reverend Fathers from the surrounding area; the parish was full of pious faithful. Following the Divine Liturgy, the Metropolitan departed for the community of St. Nektarios in Chatham, Ontario, in order to preside over Great Vespers that evening in honour of the Saint.
His Eminence Attends International Conference in Athens
At the invitation of the Hellenic Republic’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Nikos Kotzias, Metropolitan Sotirios participated in the Second International Conference on “Religious and Cultural Pluralism and Peaceful Coexistence in the Middle East” in Athens, Greece, on October 30-31, 2017. His Eminence participated and spoke at the first conference, which took place in October 2015. The President of the Hellenic Republic, His Excellency Prokopis Pavlopoulos, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, together with many dignitaries and heads of autocephalous Orthodox churches, together with other Christian, Muslim and Jewish religious leaders also attended this year’s conference.