ASTORIA – The students of the day school of the Cathedral of St. Demetrios in Astoria thrilled and delighted with an enjoyable mix of spiritual and secular holiday fare during the annual Christmas pageant held in the Petros Patrides auditorium on December 20.
On Friday night, to paraphrase a famous saying “If you would know the meaning of Christmas, look around you.”
The children said it all, both with the Nativity scene and Parade of the Wooden Soldiers routines reminiscent of the Christmas Show of Radio City Music Hall that has introduced generations of immigrants’ children to Christmas in America, and with their spirit and love for their Orthodox faith, their Hellenic heritage and their school.
The effervescent Nick Andriotis, president of the school board, who served as the MC along with Asst. Principal Eleni Karagergiou, kept the rich but not overly-long program moving forward – indeed, like holiday dessert, everyone would have been glad for more.
After opening with the Hymn of Christmas, the principal, Anastasios Koularmanis, welcomed the guests and all three expressed their deep appreciation and pride in the hard work of teachers, parents and students alike.
Among the special guests were Archbishop Demetrios, Greek Consul Manos Koumbarakis and Bishop Sevastianos of Zela, whom Andriotis thanked for attending all school events, and the new Greek Consul Manos Koumbarakis.