: Parish feast of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin in Cabramatta

It was quite a cool morning and the lesser blessing of water was held outside at 8am presided over by the rector Archpriest Boris Ignatievsky.
The greeting of his Grace Bishop George of Sydney Australia and New Zealand was at 9am followed by a heartfelt and uplifting liturgy.
It was wonderful to concelebrate the liturgy with priests from other parishes in the diocese. Those in attendance were Archpriest Nikita Chemodakov Dean of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory rector, Saint Nicholas Church Fairfield, Archpriest Nikola Belich of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Archpriest Boris Ignatievsky rector, Archpriest Alexander Korjenevski rector, Saint George Church Carlton, Abbot Dorofei (Urusov) Cleric of Our Lady of Kazan Convent Kentlyn, Archpriest Dionisy Halim rector, Our Lady’s Dormition Church Wollongong and protodeacon Vasily Konstantinidis parish deacon.

The choir sang wonderfully under the direction of Reader Eustratius Papageorgiou. After the liturgy there was a procession of the cross and icons around the church.
Many years was intoned for the bishop, clergy and parishioners and the Eternal memory for the departed of those connected with the parish. Including the recently departed Metropolitan Hilarion, Priest David Lloyd cleric of the parish and Protodeacon Vasily Hadarin former cleric of the parish.
Following the service, a celebratory meal hosted by the parish sisterhood was held in the church hall. It was so nice to see the hall full after these challenging Covid years.
Fr Boris was given a gift by the parishioner for his 21 years at the Cabramatta parish as we were unable to celebrate his 20-year anniversary last year due to Covid and capacity restrictions.