Saturday, May 18 2024
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Last Week’s Services at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, the National Shrine

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This was another full week at the National Shrine. We were graced to have services performed by three different guest priests this week, and to receive more than 5,000 visitors over the course of the week.
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On Sunday(4/2) our Dean Fr.Andreas Vitoulkas co-celebrated the Divine Liturgy with the Rev, Protopresbyter Fr. Gerassimos Ballas who visited our St.Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine.
On Monday (4/3) the Rev. Fr. Philemon Patitsas, presiding Priest of Holy Trinity, Wilmington, DE, offered services to more than 600 faithful and tourists who walked in the Shrine. He offered the Great Compline Service along with our Master Chanter Mr. Dimitrios Katsiklis and shared an introduction to Orthodox Christianity, Orthodox Iconography, and the history and significance of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine.  Fr. Philemon was accompanied by his Presvytera Maria , who also supported him in the pastoral care by actively engaging with the groups.
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On Wednesday (4/5) Fr. Emmanuel Pratsinakis served at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine and offered the service of the Great Compline.
On Friday (4/7) we welcomed the high school seniors GOYA of St. George Piscataway, NJ.  The group, led by the V. Rev. Archimandrite Fr. Nektarios Cottros, received a guided tour from our Master Chanter and Pastoral Assistant Mr. Dimitrios Katsiklis.
Also on Friday, Presbyter Rev. Fr. Zissis Lappas, presiding priest at St. George Greek Orthodox Church,Media, PA, and two full busloads of his parishioners came to the Shrine to receive a guided tour by our Dean the Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Throne Andreas Vithoulkas and our Master chanter and Pastoral Assistant Mr. Dimitrios Katsiklis.
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After, they participated at the service of the Vesperal Presanctified Liturgy on the eve of the Feast of St. Lazarus Resurrection.  After the service the group of pilgrims venerated with great respect the relics of St. Nicholas of Myra the Wonderworker.
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