On Sunday, 17 January, His Eminence Archbishop Sergios Metropolitan Bishop of Cape Town officiated at the Service of the Holy Eucharist which included and Artoclasia in honour of Saint Andonis and a Mnimosino (memorial Service) for the late Archbishop Pavlos Varnavas Metropoitan Bishop of Cape Town. With him were Reverend Father Nikolaos Giamouridis, Deacon Father Michael Simos and Deacon Nicholas Esterhuizen. The Service was held in the presence of Mr Fotis Sousalis, vice president of the Hellenic Community of Cape Town and Mr Basil Bardopoulos, the honorary treasurer
In his address after the Service His Eminence said that the late Archbishop Pavlos was the first Archbishop of Good Hope. He was appointed by the Holy Synod in 1968. He arrived in Cape Town from Pretoria (where he served as parish priest for a number of years). He arrived in Cape Town with very limited resources and encountered many challenges and difficulties in creating the first permanent residence and Archbishopric of Good Hope in Cape Town. Despite his limitations he managed with God’s help to develop a structure for the immense Jurisdiction which included the Western Cape, Southern Cape, Northern Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Orange Free State, Swaziland, Lesotho and Namibia (then South West Africa). He was very committed to the Church and often travelled extensively to many remote areas to serve his flock.