On Monday, 29th January 2024, His Eminence Archbishop Nikitas of Thyateira and Great Britain presided during vespers for the Feast of the Three Hierarchs at the Church of the Holy Cross and Archangel Michael in Golders Green, North London accompanied by the V. Reverend Archimandrite Vissarion Kokliotis, and Protopresbyter John Hookway, as well as Archdeacon George Tsourous and Deacon Gregory-Palamas Florides. The School of Byzantine Music of the Holy Archdiocese, led by Protopresbyter Joseph Paliouras, chanted in the service.
At the invitation of His Eminence The Archbishop, the V. Reverend Archimandrite Petros, Abbot of the Holy Patriarchal and Stavropegic Monastery of Saint John the Baptist in Essex, delivered the panegyric on the significance of Greek and Christian letters, in both Greek and English.
Archbishop Nikitas, speaking at both the commencement and conclusion of the feast, extended his gratitude to Abbot Petros, the participants, the event’s organiser Mrs. Ismene Hatzigianni-Gikas, Coordinator of the Central Educational Council of the Holy Archdiocese, the parish of the Holy Cross and Archangel Michael for hosting the event, Archimandrite Vissarion Kokliotis, and all attendees.
Among those present also were the V. Revd Archimandrite Nephon Tsimalis, Protosyncellus, Mr. Christos Goulas, the Consul of Greece in London, Mr. Odysseas Odysseos, the Consul General of Cyprus, and Mrs. Veroni Irene, Deputy Education Coordinator at the Greek Embassy.
The event saw attendance from clergy of the Holy Archdiocese, teachers from Greek Schools, and numerous faithful.
The service was followed by an official reception in the community hall.