On Friday 15th December 2023, the Feast day of St Eleftherios and St Anthia, His Eminence Archbishop Nikitas of Thyateira and Great Britain presided during Matins and celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Church of St Eleftherios in Leyton with His Grace Bishop Iakovos of Claudiopolis. Amongst those concelebrating were the Very Rev. Archimandrite Philotheos Mavrakis. Priest-in-charge, the Rev. Protopresbyter Konstantinos Garibaldinos, Vicar General, the Rev Oeconomos Nikolaos Kokkinos and the Rev. Presbyter Konstantinos Mamouris. The Rev. Archdeacon George Tsourous and the Rev. Deacon Gregorios Florides served too.
In his sermon, His Eminence highlighted the life of St Eleftherios, noting his virtues cultivated in Christ. St Eleftherios became a bishop at the age of 17 and was martyred for his unwavering faith in Christ. His mother, Anthia, was also martyred, sharing in his faith and commitment. His Eminence inspired the congregation to emulate such steadfast faith and dedication.
Following the Divine Liturgy, three members of the community were honored with a cross medal for their services: Ms. Maria Petridou, Apostolos Gkoutzinis and Antony Karageorghis.
The celebration continued with a festal meal in the Community hall, fostering fellowship and joy amongst all those who attended.