Community Feast of the Twelve Apostles, Hatfield

His Grace Bishop Iakovos of Claudiopolis presided at matins and celebrated the Divine Liturgy on the patronal feast of the Twelve Apostles Greek Orthodox Church in Hertfordshire. His Excellency, Dr Kyriakos Kouros, High Commissioner of Cyprus, as well as the local Mayor, Cllr Frank Marsh, graciously attended the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. His Grace Bishop Iakovos conveyed His Eminence Archbishop Nikitas’ paternal and prayerful wishes for the occasion of the church’s feast. In his sermon he highlighted the significance of the Church’s continuation of the Twelve Apostles’ work:

‘Although they faced persecution, the Apostles’ work became the very foundation of our Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church of Christ. We, both clergy and laity, are called to continue to preach the Risen Christ and the forever relevant message of His Holy Gospel. May the Holy Spirit continue to blow throughout our own ministries and within the work of our Holy Archdiocese, for we are called to continue the teaching of the apostles, implement their virtuous and prayerful way of life, allow God’s spirit to guide our paths and journeys, always sharing God’s love and truth to all people for His glory.’

Following the Divine Liturgy the plaques containing the names of the generous donators of the community’s new building were unveiled, by His Grace Bishop Iakovos, His Excellency Dr Kyriakos Kouros and Archon Louis Loizou, president of the community. A lunch was then hospitably hosted by the community for the esteemed guests and clergy.