The Community of St Demetrios Edmonton in North London celebrated the Feast of the Great-Martyr Demetrios, its Patron Saint and protector, with fervour and grandeur.
Hundreds of faithful attended the celebrations. His Eminence Archbishop Nikitas of Thyateira and Great Britain presided during the festive Great Vespers, Matins, and the Divine Liturgy joined by His Grace Bishop Iakovos of Claudioupolis.
Among those concelebrating were Archimandrite Nephon Tsimalis, Chancellor, Archimandrite Nikodemos Anagnostopoulos, Priest-in-Charge, the Rev. Protopresbyter John Hookway and numerous clergy of the local area.
During Great Vespers, Archbishop Nikitas honoured Oeconomos John Hookway’s longstanding service to the Community by elevating him to the rank of Protopresbyter. Additionally, Nicholas Menikou, Demetrios Iordanou, and Alexandros Georgiou were tonsured by Archbishop Nikitas to the order of Readers.
Distinguished guests in attendance included Mr. Christos Goulas, Consul of the Hellenic Republic in London, esteemed Heads of Education from the Greek and Cypriot Mission – Ms. Irene Veroni and Ms. Maria Loi, as well as the Archons of the Great Church of Christ, Mr. Menelaos Ourris and Mr. Panayiotis Demetriou.
After the conclusion of Great Vespers, the Community hosted a generous festive meal for the entire congregation. On the feast day itself, the congregation were treated to a delightful array of traditional savoury and sweet dishes in the church hall.
Source: Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain