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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 31 March 2018
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 31 MARCH 2018 3 NEWS Hundreds of students took part in the commemorative event. A memorial service was hosted in the courtyard of the Church of Archangels Michael and Gabriel. PHOTOS: SUPPLIED SA’s Greek community honours Independence Day The annual tradition is very much alive in Adelaide with hundreds turning out to commemorate the efforts of their Greek ancestors The Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia hosted celebrations in Adelaide on Sunday 25 March to commemorate Greek Independence Day. The well-attended event attracted Hellenes from across Adelaide, and started with the Great Doxology at the Church of Archangels Michael and Gabriel. To honour the memory of the heroes of the 1821 Revolution a moving short memorial service was held in the church's courtyard. Community president Bill Gonis OAM was pleased with the turnout. In an address to those gathered, he said he was proud that the community had been holding on to its traditions for almost 90 years. "As president, I am delighted that the Greek Orthodox Community of SA has been able to maintain the tradition of Greek Independence Day through its schools' program as well as through the teachings of Greek culture and history," he said. Among the official guests in attendance were Terry Stephens on behalf of the Premier of SA Steven Marshall, Minister for Child Protection Rachel Sanderson, Member for Croydon Peter Malinauskas representing the Labor Party, Frank Pangallo representing SA Best Party, Peter Ppiros on behalf of SAMEAC chair Grace Portolesi, secretary of the Cyprus Community of SA Loukas Minas, and Anna Amirkhanyan on behalf of the Armenian Community of SA, along with representatives of various local associations. The clergy and guests paid their respects to the fallen with wreaths laid in honour of those who fought for Greece's freedom against the Ottoman Empire, and also observed a one-minute silence. Adding to the sense of national pride were the Greek flags and students donning traditional costumes of the era, who later made presentations, recited poetry and songs at the St Mary's College function. Evangelismos Church reopens to celebrate namesake holiday On Sunday, Bishop Iakovos presided over the Holy Annunciation Divine Liturgy Almost two years after the devastating fire that left it severly damaged, the iconic Church of Evangelismos, a landmark for the Greek Community of Melbourne, reopened its gates last Saturday in time to celebrate the Holy Annunciation, after which it was named. On the eve of the annunciation, celebrated on 25 March, according to the Greek Orthodox calendar, a vesper service took place presided over by His Grace Bishop Ezekiel, with the participation of the church's vicar, Father Kosmas Damianidis. On Sunday, His Grace Bishop Iakovos presided over the Holy Annunciation Divine Liturgy. On both days, celebrations were attended by hundreds of parishioners, as well as prominent members of the Greek community, such as the General Consul of Greece, Dimitrios Michalopoulos and the president of the Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria, Bill Papastergiadis. Both services were very emotional, as it was the first time that churchgoers were allowed to the areas destroyed by the fire. The church will be open for Easter celebrations. The second phase of the project, which includes the reinstatement of iconography, fittings and fixtures will start soon.
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