Celebrating the Dormition of the Theotokos in Ottawa
On Tuesday, August 15, 2017, the Great Feast of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary, His Eminence Metropolitan Sotirios celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the celebrating parish in Canada’s capital, Ottawa. He was assisted by four Reverend Fathers including Parish Priest Fr. Alexander Michalopulos. Hundreds upon hundreds of pious faithful attended the holy service and partook in Holy Communion. Before the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, His Eminence bestowed the Offikion of Archimandrite upon Rev. Fr. Silouanos Bourjeil. Axios! After the distribution of the Antidoron, Metropolitan Sotirios, Fr. Alexander, and many dignitaries officially opened the Ottawa Greek Festival (GreekFest), one of the best organized, longest, and most successful festivals in Canada. Politicians, including Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, federal and provincial Cabinet Ministers, together with community and civil society leaders, were also in attendance. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to the Hellenic Community of Ottawa for its achievements and success again this year.
Celebrating Saint Irene the Righteous of Chrysovalantou
On July 27 and 28, 2017, Metropolitan Sotirios presided over Great Vespers and the Divine Liturgy for the Feast of St. Irene of Chrysovalantou at the celebrating parish at Greektown on the Danforth in Toronto, Ontario. He was assisted by Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Spyridon Vitouladitis and a number of brother clergymen. Many Orthodox faithful participated in both holy services; before the conclusion of Great Vespers, the traditional outdoor procession was held, with hundreds of people participating. His Eminence addressed parishioners from the steps of the parish, conveying to all the love and blessings of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. On July 28, following the Liturgy, blessed apples were distributed to all, as is the tradition on the Saint’s feast.
Celebrating Saint Panteleimon the Great Martyr and Healer
On July 26 and 27, 2017, Metropolitan Sotirios presided over Great Vespers and the Divine Liturgy for the Feast of St. Panteleimon the Great Martyr and Healer at the celebrating parish in Markham, Ontario. He was assisted by Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Odisseys Drossos, and more than a dozen clergymen from the Greater Toronto Area. Thousands of pious faithful visited Sts. Panteleimon, Anna and Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Church during the week as it celebrated its three patron saints. During the Vespers service on July 26th, His Eminence elevated Fr. Odisseys to the Rank of Protopresbyter. The Metropolitan delivered a spiritually moving homily; following the service, he also spoke about Fr. Odisseys, his brother, Rev. Fr. Elias Drossos, and their relationship and connection to the Church during their youth growing up in Montreal. Axios!