The Deputy Minister of Greece, Mr Kyriakos Gerontopoulos attended the Service of the Holy Eucharist at the Cathedral of Saint George in Cape Town this morning 17 November.
After the service, His Eminence Archbishop Sergios welcomed Mr Gerontopoulos and those who have accompanied him on his official visit to Africa. His Eminence thanked him for the sincere interest shown by the Greek Government to the Orthodox Greeks abroad.
He mentioned the importance of co operation among the church and the community and the main purpose they serve, especially for their Greek Orthodox members. The historic background of the community, the establishment of the parish of over 110 years, and the fact that the Cathedral of Saint George is the oldest in Southern Africa, plays an importantrole. He said that it adds an extra responsibility on the leaders young and old, and that we all need to be good witnesses of Orthodoxy through the way we lead our lives as faithful members of the church. He then invited Mr Gerontopoulos to address the congregation.
In his address,MGerontopoulos thanked His Eminence Archbishop Sergios and the main committee of the community, and Reverend Fr Nikolaos. He reminded us of the major role that the Orthodox Church plays in preserving the Greek language, and Religious Cultural Heritage
He stressed how important it is for the Hellenic Youth abroad to maintain their language and heritage and commended the sons of chanter Chritos Simos, Petros and Deacon Fr. Michael for their long standing service to the church. He also thanked Andreas Coulbanis and Costa Martalas for their strong leadership of the Hellenic Students Association of Cape Town and all the youth who participate in their church and their community.