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First Church consecrated in honour of Saint Gervasios in Achaia, Greece

In an atmosphere of great spiritual joy and deep emotion, the first Holy Church dedicated to the memory of Saint Gervasios was consecrated by His Eminence Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Patras, on Saturday, 8 June 2024, in Patras, in the town of Chalandritsa.

The Holy Church of Saint Gervasios is a Chapel which is located inside the historical Church of Saint Athanasios, Patriarch of Alexandria, Patron Saint of Chalandritsa.

The Chapel was prepared in an area near the Holy Church, which was restored, properly renovated and, with the help of pious Christians, became functional and will meet the spiritual and religious needs of the pious residents of Chalandritsa.

On the eve of the Consecration Service, the ceremony of depositing the holy Relics of the Martyrs was presided over by His Grace Bishop Chrysanthos of Kernitsa, who officiated during the Vespers and preached the Holy Sermon.

On the following day, His Eminence Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Patras, officiated at the Matins and performed the consecration of the Holy Church, and explained the sacred ceremony to the large congregation who were present.

His Eminence Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Patras conducted the first Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on the newly consecrated Holy Altar Table and preached the Holy Sermon, referring to the brilliant and holy life and state of Saint Gervasios in Patras and the great blessing for the town of Chalandritsa, to have the first consecrated Church in honour of Saint Gervasios.

His Eminence also spoke about the importance of the Consecration and that “we must become clean Temples and graceful vessels, so that our Holy Lord may dwell in us”.

Also, His Eminence praised the Priests of Chalandritsa and presented an honorary plaque to the Benefactors of the Holy Church.

Finally, the Metropolitan of Patras announced the program of the first commemoration of Saint Gervasios, on June 29 and 30, 2024.