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Croydon Panayia church Name Day celebrated
15 August 2020
The Greek Orthodox Community of S.A. along with Greeks around the world, celebrated the Assumption of Virgin Mary, namely Dekapendavgoustos, on Saturday 15th of August, one of the most important religious events in the Orthodox Calendar.
During these unprecedented times, the Assumption of Virgin Mary, was celebrated with a much smaller crowd inside the Croydon church due to the coronavirus restrictions.
GOCSA’s Croydon Church of ‘Koimisis Theotokou’ which bears the name of the divine milestone was the epicentre of the celebration in Adelaide.
Due to social distancing, only 120 people were allowed to enter the church, including Ms Angela Evans, Mayor of the City of Charles Sturt, the President of GOCSA Mr Bill Gonis and members of the Administrative Council.
Many more members of the Greek community, however, came through the church over the two day religious event, lit their candle, paid their respects and moved on.
The celebration for The Assumption of the Virgin Mary annual began on Thursday night with the Great Evening Vespers and the Mystery of the Unction of the Oil conducted by Archimandrite Mark and the GOCSA clergy.
Saturday morning saw a smaller than usual number of parishioners attending the Great Divine Liturgy and the Blessing of the Five Loafs conducted by the Clergy 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, guests and clergy attending.
The two-event concluded with a restricted service of take away souvlakia and delicious loukoumathes prepared by the churches women’s fellowship.
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