On Friday 30 June 2023, Archbishop Nikitas of Thyateira and Great Britain presided at the Matins and celebrated the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom at the Church of Twelve of Apostles in Hatfield, Greater London. His Grace Iakovos, Bishop of Claudiopolis, The Priest-in-charge Revd Protopresbyter Joseph Paliouras, the Rev. Oeconomos Dimitrianos Melekis, the Rev Nikodemos Aggeli and the Rev. Archdeacon Dr. George Tsourous served with The Archbishop.
As the Service drew to a close, Archbishop Nikitas extended his heartfelt greetings to the devout congregants. Notable attendees included the Hon. Odyseas Odyseou, Consul General of the Republic of Cyprus, along with other members of the Local Council authorities. The Archbishop’s blessings were filled with wishes for health, spiritual prosperity, peace, and longevity to all present; particularly highlighting his prayers for the faithful of the United Kingdom.The truly joyous day concluded with a hospitable reception hosted by the Community.
Archbishop of Thyateira visits the Parish of Ss Peter & Paul in Bristol
On Sunday, the 2nd of July 2023, Archbishop Nikitas of Thyateira and Great Britain presided over Matins and celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the parish of Saints Peter and Paul the Apostles in Bristol. Serving alongside the Archbishop were Rev. Protopresbyter Georgios Nikolaou, Rev. Protopresbyter Anastasios Salapatas, Priest-in-Charge, and Archdeacon George Tsourous.
This day was of particular significance as it also marked the annual patronal feast of the community. Honouring the event with their esteemed presence were various dignitaries, including Lord Lieutenant Mrs. Peaches Golding, High Sheriff Mrs. Sharon Foster, Mr. Christos Goulas, the Consul General of the Hellenic Republic, and Mr. Odysseas Odysseos, the Consul General of the Republic of Cyprus. Their participation added a layer of profound respect to the festivities.
Following the service, a program rich in community spirit and celebration unfolded. It commenced with thoughtful speeches from the dignitaries, each bringing their own perspectives and words of encouragement for the congregation. The community then shifted their attention to the end-of-year School Celebration, a heartwarming event that showcased small plays by the children, dancing, and the presentation of awards to mark the conclusion of the school year. These joyful expressions of talent and accomplishment by the young members of the community were truly a delight to witness.
Capping off the day’s events was a lavish buffet meal on the Church Grounds, generously available to all. The shared meal served not just as a feast but as a testament to the unity and fellowship that are the cornerstones of the community. The day was indeed a joyous celebration of faith, community spirit, and shared purpose under the guidance of Archbishop Nikitas of Thyateira and Great Britain.