Cathedral of St. George – Cape TownOn Sunday 20 July, Reverend Fr. Nikolaos Giamourides, and Deacon Fr. Michael Simos officiated at the service of the Holy Eucharist followed by a memorial service in remembrance of those who lost their lives during the 1974 Turkish Invasion of Cyprus, in the presence of Consul Thomas Matsoukas, consulate of Greece in Cape Town and Mr Nassos Martalas, president of the Hellenic Community of Cape Town.
In his address after the service, Fr. Nikolaos gave a brief outline of the history of the event. He said that today as Orthodox Christians we remember and pray for the souls of those who lost their lives tragically in Cyprus in 1974. He went on to say that we are living in very difficult times and that Christianity is being attacked everywhere in the world and that it is essential for all Greeks from Greece and Cyprus living in the Diaspora to honour our history and to keep our faith alive. We are a nation with strong Orthodox roots and we have a responsibility to hand this down to future generations.