Christmas Celebrations at Metamorphosis Day School in Toronto

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His Eminence Archbishop Sotirios of Canada speaks to the students of the Metamorphosis Greek Day School. (Photo by Archdiocese of Canada)

TORONTO – The Christmas holiday celebration of the Metamorphosis Greek Day School was held at the Metropolitan Center of the Archdiocese on December 18. His Eminence Archbishop Sotirios, clergymen of the Archdiocese and many people were in attendance. The students presented a wonderful program with Christmas songs and carols in Greek, English, and French. They presented skits dedicated to the meaning of Christmas. All the students of the school, from the youngest to the eldest participated. Accompanying the students were school Principal Ms. Anna Saradidis, Ms. Grigoriadis the music instructor, and many of the teachers.

The celebrations ended with a recital of the Christmas Kalanda of Epirus. The Archbishop expressed how happy and proud he felt for the progress and development of the school. He thanked the principal, the teachers, the parents, and the students alike. He noted the specific and very important role of peace which the new born Jesus brings and fills the hearts and souls of mankind, and the family and the church.

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Girls students dressed as angels of the Metamorphosis Greek Day School of the Archdiocese of Canada are singing Christmas hymns. (Photo by Archdiocese of Canada)

The following day on December 19, the graduating class of students from the school visited the Archbishop at the offices of the Archdiocese, where they chanted Christmas carols. The Archbishop wished the students a Merry and Blessed Christmas and peace in the New Year. He also spoke of the beauty of the Christian faith and Christ’s message of love and peace for all mankind, including our enemies. Then, in accordance with the Christmas tradition he made a donation to the students, for their presentation. The students were offered treats and the Archbishop presented to each of them a little icon of the Nativity of Christ.

It should be noted that Metamorphosis Day School when founded in 1996 had 16 children and today it has approximately 360 children enrolled in its classes.