Croydon Panayia church attracts huge crowds
15 August 2019
The Greek Orthodox Community of S.A., along with
millions of Greeks around the world, celebrated the
Assumption of Virgin Mary, namely Dekapendavgoustos, on
Thursday 15th of August, one of the most important
religious events in the Orthodox Calendar.
A summer event in Greece, a winter feast for the Greeks
of Australia, the Assumption of Virgin Mary, drew
thousands of people to our Croydon church to attend the
morning service and enjoy the feast that followed.
Our Croydon Church of ‘Koimisis Theotokou’ which bears
the name of the divine milestone was the epicentre of
celebrations in Adelaide welcoming myriads of
parishioners who came to pray and receive the blessings.
Among the official guests who attended to the
celebrations was The Hon Jing Lee, Assistant Minister to
the Premier on behalf of the Premier of South Australia
the Hon Steven Marshall, The Hon Irene Pnevmatikos MLC,
Member of the Legislative Council on behalf of the
Leader of the Opposition Mr Peter Malinauskas, Ms Connie
Bonaros MLC, Member of the Legislative Council, Mr
Michael Atkinson, former Speaker of the House of
Assembly Mr Michael Atkinson, Ms Angela Evans, Mayor of
the City of Charles Sturt, Ms Andriana Christopoulos,
Member of SAMEAC on behalf of Mr Norman Schueler, Chair
of SAMEAC and Mr Trian Gonis on behalf of the Federal
Member for Adelaide Mr Steve Georganas.
The celebrations for The Assumption of the Virgin Mary
annual began on Wednesday night with the Great Evening
Vespers and the Mystery of the Unction of the Oil
conducted by His Eminence Metropolitan Chrisostom.
Thursday morning saw the church packed out with
parishioners attending the Great Divine Liturgy and the
Blessing of the Five Loafs conducted by His Eminence
Metropolitan Chrisostom of the Autocephalic Greek
Orthodox Church of America and Australia.
The Great Divine Liturgy was followed by the procession
of the holy icon of Virgin Mary around the block where
the church is located, with parishioners, official
guests and clergy attending.
The two-event concluded with the annual feast as the
church’s outdoor area was transformed to a true Hellenic
Tents and stalls occupied the courtyard with barbeque
grills on full swing.
Τhe Greek culinary aromas filled the surrounding streets
and thousands of people lined up to enjoy their
favourite grilled delicacies as well as traditional
Fine weather conditions and live music by ‘Trio Zorba’
added to the celebrative atmosphere as the whole
community enjoyed a little taste of Greece.
The event sealed its success for yet another year.