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Celebration of the Unification of Dodecanese with Mother Greece

BALTIMORE – On Sunday, March 10 His Eminence Metropolitan Apostolos of New Jersey visited the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Community in Baltimore, MD in order to celebrate a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy in commemoration of celebration of the 76th Anniversary of the unification of the Dodecanese islands with Greece.

In his sermon, His Eminence stressed the significance of the Gospel lesson of the ‘final judgment’ and how the Gospel emphasizes the necessity for everyone to have love and compassion for all people in the world. He also spoke of the sadness, pain, and devastation that war brings, and emphasized the importance of our prayers for peace in the world. Following the Divine Liturgy the area’s youth dressed in traditional costumes from the Dodecanese Islands entered the nave as His Eminence offered a Doxology to honor the anniversary. Joining His Eminence for the Divine Liturgy and Doxology were dignitaries from throughout the region, including the Ambassador of Greece to the United States, Ekaterini Nassika, the Consul of Cyprus, Constantinos Constantinou, and military attaches from the diplomatic missions of Greece and Cyprus: Colonel Panagiotis Vlahopoulos, Colonel Andreas Andreou. Also present was the President and CEO of the American Hellenic Institute (AHI), Nick Larigakis.

From the Doxology for the Unification of Dodecanese with Mother Greece officiated by Metropolitan Apostolos of New Jersey. (Photo: provided by the Metropolis of New Jersey)

The celebration continued at Greektown Square with the participation of hundreds of Hellenes from throughout the greater Baltimore area. The children of the St. Nicholas Greek School offered beautiful Greek poems and songs, while the youth from the Panhellenic Dance Group, the St. Nicholas Hellenic Golden Coins parish dance corps, the Rhodian Society ‘Diagoras’ Dance Troupe, and the Karpathian Dance Troupe ‘Anagenesis Olympou’ offered traditional Greek Dances to mark the auspicious occasion.

Ambassador Nassika of Greece and Consul of Cyprus Constantinou offered touching remarks on the history and importance of the unification of the Dodecanese islands with mainland Greece.

In his celebratory speech, His Eminence spoke about the importance of this event, as it offers us the opportunity to celebrate and preserve Greek culture, while recognizing the beauty and unique heritage of the Dodecanese Islands. In addition, His Eminence, who is from Rhodes, offered his deepest gratitude to the Chairman of the Event, George Comninos, and the President of the Parish Council, Stamatia Ieromonahos for their tremendous efforts to ensure the success of this most beautiful event.

The Ambassador of Greece to the U.S. Ekaterini Nassika is reading the Creed during the Divine Liturgy at St. Nichoals church in Baltimore officiated by Metropolitan Apostolos of New Jersey. (Photo: provided by the Metropolis of New Jersey)
Metropolitan Apostolos of New Jersey who was born on the island of Rhodes delivers the keynote address of the celebration of the Unification of Dodecanese with Mother Greece. (Photo: provided by the Metropolis of New Jersey)
Metropolitan Apostolos of New Jersey speaks with The Ambassador of Greece to the U.S. Ekaterini Nassika. (Photo: provided by the Metropolis of New Jersey)
Dance groups perform beautiful dances from islands of the Dodecanese. (Photo: provided by the Metropolis of New Jersey)

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