Greek Orthodox Stewards of America - February 22, 1999
St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church
rolls out the red carpet for Archbishop Spyridon
On December 20, 1998, His Eminence Archbishop Spyridon visited St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church in Peabody, Massachusetts. With a membership of approximately 1600 families, St. Vasilios is one of the largest, if not the largest, Greek Orthodox Churches in New England. Upon his arrival, the Archbishop was greeted by children in native Greek costumes and presented with bouquets of flowers. He was escorted into a packed church by the parish president and vice president. After the liturgy, a reception was held in the community center where His Eminence was treated to a presentation of the "March of the Evzones" by the Greek School students. He presented each of the many Sunday school students in attendance with a present consisting of a small icon, and then he mingled with the crowd. During the reception, His Eminence was presented with a proclamation signed by Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Paul Cellucci, declaring December 20, 1998 to be Archbishop Spyridon Day in the Commonwealth. He also was presented with a resolution passed by the Massachusetts House of Representatives and signed by House Speaker Thomas M. Finneran honoring Archbishop Spyridon's visit to St. Vasilios.
[ Greek Orthodox Stewards of America
February 22, 1999 ]