St. Irene Chrysovalantou Festival in Astoria Runs July 25-28 (Video)

The Festival at St. Irene Chrysovalantou in Astoria runs through July 28. Photo: TNH/ Kostas Bej

ASTORIA – The festival at St. Irene Chrysovalantou in Astoria began on Thursday, July 25 with a large crowd in attendance for the annual celebration, a highlight event of the summer for Queens’ residents.

The opening day started off with the blessing presided over by His Grace Bishop Ierotheos of Efkarpia, Abbot of the Sacred Patriarchal and Stavropegial Orthodox Monastery of St. Irene Chrysovalantou. He was assisted by Fr. Apostolos Manoloudis, Fr. Nikolaos Kalafatis, Fr. Nikolaos Gourdoupis, and Fr. Gerasimos Balas.

At the festival, 32 volunteers are working at various posts. Attendance is expected to peak on the afternoon of Friday and Saturday, while on Sunday, the traditional procession of the icon will take place.

On Saturday, July 27, the Archbishop Elpidophoros of America will celebrate the Great Vespers, and on Sunday, July 28, he will preside over the Divine Liturgy which will be followed by the traditional procession.

On the evening of July 24, Vespers and the Mystery of the Sacred Eucharist were celebrated by Bishop Ierotheos.

His Grace Bishop Ierotheos of Efkarpia, the Abbot of the the Sacred Patriarchal and Stavropegial Orthodox Monastery of St. Irene Chrysovalantou, performed the blessing at the start of the festival. Photo: TNH/ Kostas Bej
The Festival at St. Irene Chrysovalantou began with the blessing performed by His Grace Bishop Ierotheos of Efkarpia, the Abbot of the the Sacred Patriarchal and Stavropegial Orthodox Monastery of St. Irene Chrysovalantou. Photo: TNH/ Kostas Bej

2 Comments

  1. Did the bishop/abbot sit down and enjoy a nice gyro dinner today? Or is it just OK to serve meat on a Friday as long as you don’t partake?

  2. Typical hypcrites! They won’t partake of Thanksgiving but they feast on March 25th. The Greek Trumpelinas were feted during advent by ROCOR bishops to herrings to reward them for meddling in the election!

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