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Panagia Prousiotissa Celebrated at St. Nicholas Church in Flushing

August 23, 2020

NEW YORK – The Sillogos (Association) Evrytanon Amerikis "Panagia I Prousiotissa" celebrated its protectress Panagia Prousiotissa, as in previous years, at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Shrine Church in Flushing, where the Evrytanians have the chapel of Panagia Prousiotissa which holds the miraculous icon.

The celebration began on August 22 with the Great Vespers and Artoklasia presided over by the presiding priest of the St. Nicholas community Rev. Protopresbyter Paul Palesty and Rev. Fr. Andreas Houpos who both carried the icon in the procession during the service.

Fr. Palesty thanked all those present and especially the members of the community and the Association who brought the icon to St. Nicholas Church where it is one of the “diamonds” of the community, referring to the miracles that have occurred through the intercession of the Panagia.

He said, “Most of you here today are from Evrytania where the Monastery of Panagia Prousiotissa is located and where according to tradition, the Panagia herself walked, leaving Her footsteps in the mountains… There are many celebrations surrounding the Panagia, and each one of us feels for our own mother and are grateful for her, for bringing us to the light, and that is how we feel about the Mother of God, our Panagia, she is also our Mother, who gives birth to our salvation who is Christ.”

“May the Panagia always be with you all… and let us all pray to the Panagia that the coronavirus will leave us and for nothing else to be visited upon us,” Fr. Palesty said.

Mrs. Loula Koutsoukis, Secretary of the Association, pointed out that “especially this year all members and friends of our Association came to our Esperinos to deeply pray as several families suffered from sickness and death. Our prayers are heard by our Panagia and we have seen miracles!"

This year’s celebration was as well-attended as possible with the faithful of all ages wearing masks and observing social distancing in accordance with the rules during the global COVID-19 pandemic. 

The reception with traditional foods prepared by the Association’s members which usually follows the Great Vespers service was unfortunately canceled this year due to concerns over the coronavirus.

The celebration culminated with the Divine Liturgy also at St. Nicholas Church on Sunday, August 23, the feast day of the Panagia Prousiotissa and the Apodosis of the Holy Feast of the Kimisis tis Theotokou (Dormition of the Virgin Mary).

Association President Eleni Kalogeras, members of the board, and Evrytanians from throughout the tri-state area attended the services for the protectress of the Association and all Evrytanians.

Kalogeras spoke with The National Herald following the Great Vespers service, noting that every year the Association holds this celebration in honor of the Panagia Prousiotissa at St. Nicholas Church. She pointed out that everyone this year has been affected by the coronavirus in some way, either by having gone through it themselves or knowing someone who had it, and she told TNH that she was moved by the devoutness of all those who attended the service.

Kalogeras also noted that the fresh flowers decorating the icon of the Panagia Prousiotissa were donated for the third consecutive year by Mrs. Ioanna Fegos and her husband, Mr. Gregory Fegos, former President of the Association.

The Sillogos (Association) Evrytanon Amerikis "Panagia I Prousiotissa" is one of the oldest Greek associations in the New York tri-state area and was founded in 1912. Fr. Palesty blessed the Association that it may continue its efforts for many years to come.

As the Association’s former president Dimitris Triantafillis, told TNH in a previous interview, “the celebration honoring the Panagia Prousiotissa is the most important and the most well-attended of any organized by the Association.”

He added that “the members of the great community of St. Nicholas in Flushing attend every year, because Evrytanians were among the pioneers who founded the community.”

Following the services, many offered their best wishes and hopes to see everyone again next year under better circumstances.


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