Altars dedicated to Sts. Paisios and Porphyrios consecrated in Athens suburb

Two side altars in the Church of the Great Martyr Demetrios of Thessaloniki in the Athens suburb of Agios Dimitrios in the Attica region, one of which is dedicated to the great elders of our times Sts. Paisios and Porphyrios, were consecrated on Sunday 15 October 2017.

The second altar is dedicated to the Portaitissa Iveron Icon of the Mother of God, reports

The consecration of the altars was celebrated by Bishop Agafangel of Fanari, with the blessing of the primate of the Greek Orthodox Church Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens.

“It is a great blessing and joy for me to take part in the consecration of these altars,” said Vladyka Agafangel. “The opening of these altars, dedicated to the Athonite saints and the miraculous icon of the Most Holy Theotokos brings us light and hope.”

The rector of the Church of St. Demetrios Fr. Matthew Xalaris thanked Vladyka Agafangel, saying, “The consecration of these two altars is a joyous event. Our church is enriched with priceless treasures today.”

Sts. Paisios and Porphyrios are well-known and greatly loved throughout the Orthodox world, and their books are among the best-selling Orthodox books in the English language. Many churches dedicated to St. Paisios have been appearing in Greece, Syria, Russia, and beyond.

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