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Golden Jubilee of the Holy Monastery of Prophet Elias in the Netherlands

The fiftieth anniversary of the Holy Monastery of Prophet Elias in Saint Hubert (North Brabant – Netherlands) was celebrated with an Archieratical Divine Liturgy on Saturday July 23, 2022.

Metropolitan Athenagoras of Belgium and Exarch of the Netherlands and Luxembourg, presided over the Divine Liturgy, assisted by six priests and a deacon. Four other priests, the Abbess and Nun of the Monastery of Asten and a large number of faithful were present. The Divine Liturgy was chanted by the congregation of the faithful present.

After the Divine Liturgy, Metropolitan Athenagoras spoke about the late Archimandrite Pachomios, who had the courage to found a small Monastery with the support of Archbishops George of Syracuse, George of Evdokias and Gabriel of Comans, who were archpriests who worked for the consolidation of Orthodoxy in these regions. He also reminded that the late Elder Maria stayed in this Monastery for three years until she founded her own monastery a few tens of kilometres away, and explained that the Monastery is now under the jurisdiction of the Holy Metropolis of Belgium and the Exarchate of the Netherlands and Luxembourg. Finally, he asked the faithful to pray to God and the Virgin Mary that new monks would come again.

Afterwards, some members of the Board of Directors of the Monastery of Prophet Elias took the floor and expressed their joy for the celebration of the Golden Jubilee. Father Josef Sikhora brought an icon of Prophet Elias, painted by the nuns of the Monastery of Trazegnies (Belgium), an offering from the nuns to the Monastery of Prophet Elias in Saint Hubert Mill.

This was followed by “Agape” in the gardens of the Monastery. It was an opportunity for many to get to know each other, which is something one wishes for in this post-Covid period. From now on, the Divine Liturgy will be held in the Skete, first of all, on the second and fourth Sundays of the month, a fact for which the faithful friends of the Monastery are very happy.

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