x

World

Archdiocese of Canada Celebrates St Nicholas Amidst Pandemic Restrictions

December 15, 2020

TORONTO – The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Canada celebrated with great joy the feast of Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker, one of the most beloved saints of the Church.

His Eminence Archbishop Sotirios presided over both Great Vespers and the Divine Liturgy at the celebrating community of St. Nicholas in Toronto.

On Saturday evening, His Eminence was joined by His Grace Bishop Athenagoras of Patara, who is the Dean of the Patriarchal Toronto Orthodox Theological Academy; they were assisted by the V. Rev. Fr. Ignatios Delis.

Despite the pandemic restrictions that limits attendance to only 10 people inside each church, both holy services were conducted as in previous years to rightly honor St. Nicholas. His icon and a piece of his holy relics were on display for the visiting faithful to venerate; however, they were placed in the front of the Church (narthex) so that the people could venerate them and leave.

The restrictions did not stop pious Christians from coming to church, lighting a candle, doing their cross, asking Christ to display His great mercy through the intercessions of the Saint and the Panagia.

During the Divine Liturgy, the Archbishop and Fr. Ignatios were assisted by Dn. Evdokimos. Although indoor limits were adhered to, many faithful displayed inspiring faith, waiting outside during the Liturgy in order to receive Holy Communion within physical distance measures.

The Archbishop provided the rest of the faithful with heartfelt words of encouragement through the live broadcast that were seen by thousands of people across the country and around the world. His Eminence emphasized that we should never despair, but always trust in the love and divine providence of God.

The Archdiocese declared: “May we all strengthen and intensify our prayer and ask with humility that St. Nicholas and our Panagia intercede to Jesus Christ so that the current pandemic will be conquered and Christians allowed to celebrate both His Incarnation and the Holy Theophany in greater freedom.”

RELATED

SYDNEY - Eighty-one years ago, the dark clouds of war that had covered the entire European continent, extended over the blue skies of Crete.

Top Stories

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

General News

PHILADELPHIA – The Federation of Hellenic Societies of Philadelphia and Greater Delaware Valley announced that the Evzones, the Presidential Guard of Greece will be participating in the Philadelphia Greek Independence Day Parade on March 20.

Video

Pentagon Says More High-Tech Weapons Going to Ukraine

WASHINGTON — Nearly 50 defense leaders from around the world met Monday and agreed to send more advanced weapons to Ukraine, including a Harpoon launcher and missiles to protect its coast, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told reporters.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.