With a Solemn Divine Liturgy, in the presence of Bishop Elpidios of Kyanes the feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle was celebrated on Monday, November 30, at the St. Andrew’s Grammar School in Perth.
All students and teaching staff participated in the Divine Liturgy, as well as the Consul of Greece in Perth, Georgia Karasiotou.
The Bishop of Kyanes reminded the students that the Apostle Andrew is not only the patron saint of their school, but also of the Theological School of the Holy Archdiocese of Australia in Sydney, as well as the founder of the Mother Church of Constantinople.
The Bishop of Kyanes asked everyone to remember in their prayers the Ecumenical Patriarchate, as well as the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and recalled the historic visit of the Ecumenical Patriarch to the school of St. Andrew in November 1996.
In addition, Bishop Elpidios referred to the recent encyclical of Archbishop Makarios of Australia stating that: “The greatest gift God has given us here in Australia is that we belong ecclesiastically, canonically and administratively to the Church of Constantinople, our Ecumenical Patriarchate. We praise the Triune God for this great blessing, because without the canonical existence provided by our Ecumenical Patriarchate, we would not have progressed, nor would we be united as an Archdiocese today, which belongs to the Canonical Orthodox Church”.
Following the words of the Bishop of Kyanes, students read excerpts from the life of Saint Andrew the First-Called.