The Great and Holy Feast of Pentecost was celebrated in style in Tasmania’s capital, Hobart, at the Church of St. George the Great Martyr.
The festive Offices of Matins, Divine Liturgy and Vespers of the Holy Spirit (Kneeling Vespers) were celebrated by His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia, accompanied by His Grace Bishop Kyriakos of Sozopolis and His Grace Bishop Bartholomew of Charioupolis.
It should be noted that the Archbishop is making an official pastoral visit to Tasmania this week, to meet with many state authorities and MPs, as well as the Tasmanian Orthodox faith.
At the end of the Pentecost Sunday services, His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia analyzed the message of Pentecost and underlined that this feast of the Church is a call to unity and love for all .
“In unity all are called,” he characteristically recalled, noting that the Holy Spirit descended upon the Disciples when they were united and gathered “in one place,” “and with one one mind”.
In this ecclesiastical context, His Eminence prayed for the congregation to have unity and love, for “without unity we serve the devil, while with love and unity we serve the Holy Spirit”, as he characteristically underlined it.
A reception followed in the hall of the Greek Community, during which President Mr Nicholas Theodoropoulos welcomed His Eminence Archbishop Makarios and his entourage, while not failing to highlight his contribution to Australia during the three years of his ministry.
“You surprised us all and made us proud. We are close to you,” he characteristically emphasized, followed by cheers from those present who shouted, “Axios / He is worthy.”
The reception ended with a presentation of traditional Greek dances performed by Tasmanian youth.