A doxology for the 60th anniversary of the Independence Day of the Republic of Cyprus was held after the end of the Divine Liturgy at the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel in Brussels on Sunday, September 27, 2020. Bishop Porphyrios of Neapolis, director of the Office of the Church of Cyprus to the European Institutions, presided over the Divine Liturgy and the Doxology.
The panegyric of the day was delivered by the Representative of Cyprus to the Political and Security Committee (PSC), Stavros Chatzigiannis. The Metropolitan of Belgium was represented by the Archieratical Vicar, Protopresbyter Stavros Triantafyllou, who spoke on his behalf.
In his short speech, the protopresbyter stressed: “Today, the national duty and patriotism demand the protection, defense and continuation of the Republic of Cyprus against those who undermine and scheme against it to abolish it.
Our strong unity of the Cypriot Hellenism in good cooperation with the rest of the Hellenism in Greece and the diaspora is a basic precondition for the successful confrontation of the Turkish expansionism and voracity and the frustration of its goals.
The grace and blessing of God in our struggle is self-evident and given if we keep the tradition of our Church and the reverence and patriotism of our fathers alive.”
Finally, he thanked Metropolitan Athinagoras of Belgium for the permission to perform the official Doxology in Brussels for the 60 years since the independence of Cyprus as well as the head of the priest in charge, Protopresbyter Athanasios Toparlakis, for the excellent organization.
The Doxology was also attended by the Ambassador of Greece to Belgium, Dionysios Kalavrezos, the Representative of the Church of Greece to the European Union, Metropolitan Athanasios of Achaia, representatives of the military authorities of Greece and the European Union, European officials, Cypriot and Greeks employees in European institutions and many faithful.
Source: Church of Cyprus