On May 6, 2021, Patriarch Theodore II of Alexandria and All Africa performed the Solemn Vespers at the historic Holy Monastery of St. George in Cairo, and on the day of the feast of the Saint the Divine Liturgy.
The diplomatic authorities of Greece, the representatives of the Greek Community of Cairo, the Arabs, and dozens of believers, including Romanian priests and pilgrims, priests from Korea, and the Coptic Church, were all there to honor St. George and the monastery that is a pole of attraction and pilgrimage for Christians and Muslims.
The Patriarch of Alexandria in his sermon on the day of the Feast of St. George, referred to the pandemic, emphasizing that the whole of humanity is tired, waiting for the Light.
“In this agony, it is a great blessing, this Friday after Easter, the fact that we sing Christ Resurrected from the dead. All the leaders of small or large countries are anxious, trying to secure the blessed vaccine because they want to see their people healthy and happy”, said Patriarch Theodore and added that through this uncertainty, through clouds we look up to the sky and we see Light.
The Patriarch spoke about the personality of the wonderful and robust life of St. George, emphasizing that people from all over the world, Christians and Muslims, come to worship his miraculous icon. The Patriarch of Alexandria referred once again to the great work of restoration of the Holy Monastery of St. George which was undertaken by the Grand Benefactor of the Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa, Athanasios Martinos.
The Patriarchal Divine Liturgy was attended by the Ambassador of Greece in Cairo Nikolaos Garilidis, the Consul General of Greece Maria Zisi, and the Consul Achilleas Bikis.
The Patriarchal Vespers was also attended by the Legal Adviser of the Patriarchate of Alexandria, Sakis Kechagioglou. Immediately after Vespers, the Patriarch honored for the services offered to the Holy Monastery two employees as well as the sculptor who creates the statues that adorn its precinct.