Sunday, December 8, 2013

The Blessing of the Holy Cross in NW London

The Holy Cross blessed with its presence the Community of St Panteleimon and St Paraskevi in North West London, on the 5th December 2013. Many Orthodox Faithful visited the Church and venerated the cross, coming from many parts of the country.

The day began with a Liturgy, since it was St Savvas’ day, followed by Hairetismous and a Paraklesis. The services were conducted in Greek, Romanian and English, showing the plurality of the congregation and the Orthodox faithful who came to venerate the Holy Cross. Also, priests and monks came from Mount Athos, chanting and taking part in the services. This event also attracted many locals, who wished to take pictures and be part of this great event. Local journalists and photographers came to record this day.

It is noteworthy that the Holy Cross has left Jerusalem in the past only to visit Greece and Cyprus. This instance was the first time that it went to another country, being a significant event for all Orthodox faithful in Britain. 

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