Tuesday, November 03, 2009

The Relics of Sts Raphael, Nicholas, and Irene

On Monday night, in honor of our parish's feast for the translation of St. George's relics, Fr. Alexios arranged for the relics of Sts Raphael, Nicholas, and Irene to come to our parish.

At 5:30 yesterday evening, then, we gathered in the town's square and awaited the arrival of the relics, which were accompanied by a police escort.

As Fr. David got out of the car with the relics, the priests venerated them, and then we all processed into the church.

We then went outside to await the arrival of Bishop Panteleimon of Theoupolis, a retired bishop of the Ecumenical Patriarchate who lives in Thessaloniki.

When the bishop arrived, we all went into the church to begin Festal Vespers for the secondary feast of our patron saint, St George. In the photo above, the bishop is venerating the relics of Sts Raphael, Nicholas, and Irene as he entered the church.

Here we are in a procession during the Liti--of 15 priests and 1 deacon--with the relics and an icon of St George.

And finally here we are blessing the loaves during the artoklasia. For more photos from the evening, click here.

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