The life of the Church and the Diaspora in Adelaide – Orthodox Times –

Posted By on July 21, 2022

The 20th of July 2022 marks 48 years since the Turkish invasion of Cyprus. The Cypriot Community of South Australia organised commemorative events to mark the sad anniversary.

On Sunday, July 17, 2022, at the Church of the Nativity of Christ Port Adelaide, Bishop Silouane of Sinope, on behalf of the Archbishop Makarios of Australia, presided over the Divine Liturgy and then performed a memorial service for the repose of the souls of the victims of the brutal invasion, in the presence of the members of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Community and many members of the Greek Cypriot community in Adelaide.

In his sermon, the Bishop referred to the sacrifices of the heroes of the Greek and Greek Cypriot fallen, who watered the soil of our Cyprus with their blood, and conveyed the blessings of Archbishop Makarios.

Subsequently, at the headquarters of the Cypriot Community, he performed a memorial service in memory of the heroes, while speeches were delivered by the Chairmen of the Cypriot Community and the South Australian Cypriot Struggle Coordinating Committee, as well as by representatives of the state government and opposition. A reception followed.

In the afternoon of the same day, with the blessing of Archbishop Makarios, Bishop Silouane travelled to the Greek Welfare Centre Agia Filothei, where he presided over the consecration service at the official opening of the week-long book and icon exhibition organised by the Central Philoptochos Brotherhood.

Conveying the Archbishops greeting to those present, the Bishop stressed the importance of good books for our spiritual progress and devotional objects for our daily life with Christ. He paid special attention to the presence of young children, to whom he gave an instructive and interpretive presentation of the consecration service. At the end of the consecration service, he distributed gifts to the children on behalf of Archbishop Makarios of Australia. The joy of the children was imprinted on their faces as they passed by to venerate the cross and receive their gift.

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