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It was with devoutness and splendour that thousands of Greeks celebrated the annual feast day of the Assumption of Virgin Mary at the Community’s church which bears the name of this religious milestone.
The two-day event drew a multitude of parishioners from all over South Australia who attended the Great Evening Vesper on Monday night and the Great Celebrative Doxology on Tuesday morning, conducted by Bishop Chrisostom and the Community’s clergy.
A number of official guests also attended the service and lunch.
Among them were, the Mr Peter Malinauskas, Minister for Police representing the Government of South Australia, Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs John Gardner representing the leader of the Opposition Stephen Marshall, Michael Atkinson MP, Speaker of the House of Assembly and Member for Croydon, Rachel Sanderson Member for Adelaide, John Dawkins MLC, Charles Sturt Councilor Paul Alexandrides, and GOCSA President Bill Gonis.
The church’s interior reached full capacity as parishioners made their way in to light a candle, pray and receive the blessings from the holy icon of Virgin Mary.
At the same time, the church’s court yard was covered with marquees, tables and chairs, ready to welcome church goers for the annual feast.
For that reason, a team of volunteers worked tirelessly at the BBQs and the kitchen from the early hours of the morning, preparing popular grilled delicacies and traditional sweets.
Due to the heavy rainfall during the day, the procession of the holy icon took place around the churches interior and not around the block as it is the tradition.
The two-day event celebrations for the Assumption continued with the annual feast where great food and sweets were on offer for parishioners.
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