With the Blessings of Archbishop Makarios of Australia, Bishop Bartholomew of Charioupolis visited Albury for the feast day of St John Chrysostom and the Panigiri of the church Holy Archangels.
Assisting the Bishop was Father Platon Derlis from the church of St George in Shepparton.
In his sermon, Bishop Bartholomew spoke about St John Chrysostom, an educated individual with a strong work ethic, a man of integrity and fairness, a social individual, and a man who possessed a golden mouth and a golden heart.
Furthermore, Bishop Bartholomew spoke about the Saint’s mother, St Anthousa who brought up her son with many virtues.
Bishop Bartholomew then spoke about the importance of Saints being an example for us. In a world where we seek role models and people to teach us what is right, St John and St Anthousa who followed the right path towards Christ are people we must mirror.
In conclusion, Bishop Bartholomew conveyed the love and blessings of Archbishop Makarios of Australia.
After the service, a luncheon was held in the adjacent hall where students of the Greek School danced greek dancing and sang greek songs.
Bishop Bartholomew thanked the children, their teachers, and their parents for sending their children to Greek School and congratulated the community of Albury on behalf of Bishop Bartholomew for the love and unity that they have.
Furthermore, he asked them to continue to have love amongst themselves and to know that God will continue to bless them in abundance.