On Sunday, January 15, 2023, Archbishop George of Cyprus performed the first Divine Liturgy after his enthronement at the Monastery of St. George Alamanos in Pentakomo, Limassol.
Metropolitan Athanasios of Limassol and Bishop Nikolaos of Amathus concelebrated the Divine Liturgy with the Archbishop, without carrying, as is the canonical order, an archieratic mitre.
In the diptychs, Archbishop George commemorated together with the Patriarchs and Primates of the Autocephalous Churches Metropolitan Epifaniy of Kyiv and All Ukraine, as he had done on Christmas, the day after his election to the Archdiocesan throne.
The Symbol of Faith and the Our Father were read by the Abbess, a nun of Olympia.
Before the dismissal of the Divine Liturgy, Metropolitan Athanasios of Limassol warmly addressed the Archbishop and wished him success in his work for the good of the Church of Cyprus. The Archbishop thanked Metropolitan Athanasios.
He also noted that he chose to perform the first, after his enthronement, Divine Liturgy at the Monastery of St. George of Alamanos, because he has fresh memories of his childhood when he visited the Monastery with his blessed parents. “Here I would stop and light a candle every time, as Bishop of Arsinoe and Metropolitan of Paphos, I would go to Nicosia from Paphos,” he said excitedly and added: “It was for me a vow to St. George since as a clergyman I did not change the name by which I was baptized.”
In his sermon, the Archbishop stressed that the Gospel passage on the healing of the 10 lepers gives us three lessons: Faith, respect for the priests and not being ungrateful.
Source: Church of Cyprus