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Perth: Matilda Bay Epiphany Celebrations 

The annual Perth Epiphany Celebrations took place on Sunday the 14 January 2024 at Matilda Bay in Crawley, WA. 

Despite the very high temperatures, many families attended the celebrations which commenced at 12.30pm with the official blessing of the Waters, which was presided over by His Grace Bishop Elpidios of Kyanea, Archiepiscopal Vicar of the Archdiocesan District of Perth.

In attendance, among others, was the Vice Consul for Maritime Affairs, Commander Antonis Manousos, representing the Consul of Greece in Perth, Ms. Georgia Karasiotou, who is currently overseas. 

Prior to the commencement of the service, the Master of Ceremonies for the day, the Father Terry Gerovasilis, read out the Epiphany Message of His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia.

The young man who retrieved the Holy Cross from the waters of the Swan River was George Stefanatos who was gifted a beautiful gold cross and chain donated by the Gogos Family in memory of their beloved parents Chris and Anastasia Gogos. 

The local “Anastasis Live Group” entertained everyone on the day with live Greek music. Also, on sale were chicken souvlakia, sausage sizzle, Greek frappe, watermelon , ice-cream, Greek sweets as well as snow cones and more

His Grace Bishop Elpidios of Kyanea conveyed to all present the paternal love and blessings of His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia. 

A special thank-you goes out to the volunteers and sponsors of the 2024 Perth Epiphany Celebrations who include:  Church of Sts Constantine & Helene, Church of St Nektarios, Church of the Annunciation, The Gogos Family, The Pontian Brotherhood of St George of WA, St Basil’s Aged Care Services, New West Foods, Kailis Bros Leederville, Aaron Papandroulakis, Spartalis Family, Bill Ntoumenopoulos & Family, George Karageorge & Family, Stan Palassis & Family, Cypriot Community of WA, Access Projects & Construction, Dr Zaki Dorkham & Family, Dr John Stamatis & Family, Dr Paul Boyatzis & Family, Michael Litis & Family, Peter’s Packaging, Quality Pick Produce