The Feast of Saint Macarius of Egypt was solemnly celebrated at Axion Esti Monastery in Archdiocesan District of Northcote. On this day, Archbishop Makarios of Australia celebrates his name day.
On the eve of the feast, as reproed by vema.com.au, the Vespers service was held while on the feast day, on Tuesday morning, the Archiepiscopal Vicar of Northcote, Archimandrite Evmenios Vasilopoulos presided over the Orthros and Divine Liturgy, accompanied by the clergy. The Head of the St John’s College, Anna Urban, and students attended the service.
Father Evmenios first referred to Saint Makarios, noting that “he was deemed worthy by God to receive the gift of healing the sick and of prophecy.” Regardless of the times we live in, Father Evmenios pointed out, “with absolute faith, we must dedicate ourselves to Christ so that we, too, may acquire saints’ virtues.”
On behalf of the Archbishop, Fr. Evmenios received the warm wishes of the clergy and the faithful who attended the church, while he spoke cordially about Archbishop Makarios of Australia, noting that “with much love, effort and self-sacrifice, he shepherds our Holy Archdiocese.”
Moreover, Father Evmenios conveyed the wishes of Archbishop Makarios to Fr. Konstantinos Thermos, who was restored to priesthood participated in the Divine Liturgy for the first time following the decision of the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
Finally, Fr. Evmenios expressed his gratitude for the love and affection of Archbishop Makarios for the clergy and the faithful while he wished God to give him strength forever.