Hundreds Gather for The Eighteenth Gathering for Orthodox Awareness

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( On the Sunday of Orthodoxy, February 8/21, 2010, the members of our Holy Synod concelebrated the customary festal Divine Liturgy
at the Monastery of Sts. Cyprian and Justina, Phyle, Attica (Headquarters of the Holy Synod in Resistance). His Grace, Bishop Cyprian of Oreoi, Acting President of the Holy Synod, was the principal celebrant, with the participation of Their Graces, Bishops Chrysostomos of Christianoupolis, Ambrose of Methone, and Klemes of Gardikion, Priests, and Deacons. A large crowd of devout Orthodox was in attendance.

Before Holy Communion, Bishop Ambrose spoke about the meaning for Orthodoxy of the Holy Icons, the restoration of which we honor and celebrate on this great day.

After the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, despite the fierce winds,the clergy and lay people held the traditional procession with the Holy Icons around the newly-built Cathedral. During this ceremony, the Bishops read portions of the Synodikon of Orthodoxy, and exclaimed “Anathema” to the heretics and “Eternal be their memory” to the Confessors of our Holy Orthodox Faith. That evening (7-9 p.m.), the regular annual “Gathering for Orthodox Awareness” was held in the auditorium of the Annunciation of the Theotokos Spiritual Center, in Kolonos, Athens. These Gatherings are organized by the Brotherhood of the Monastery of Sts. Cyprian and Justina at the behest of the Holy Synod in Resistance, with the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan Cyprian of Oropos and Phyle, First Hierarch of the Holy Synod, and under the supervision of Bishop Cyprian of Oreoi, acting in the ailing Metropolitan’s stead.