T H E P E R M A N E N T L I G H T H O U S E S O F C Y P R U S
“We the Cypriots out of gratitude, compose a new association to honour in spiritual odes the Holy Apostles and Martyrs and additionally the Hosioi Hierarchs, who are glorious ornaments and helpers of the island of Cyprus. Thus we cry out loudly: ‘glory be to God, Who through you, grants us, divine gifts’. (Apolytikion)
Once again, dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord, we have the abundant blessing, the unique privilege and the excellent honour to celebrate in exaltation and as one group, all the personalities who reached heaven and all the holy faces of the Saints who are connected in many ways with the great island of Cyprus. In the recent decades the most Holy and Apostolic Church of Cyprus reached a decision for all the Saints of Cyprus to be honoured annually, on the first Sunday of October. All of us owe the greatest gratitude to all of them who are our spiritual fathers and mothers. Thus, we should not allow ourselves to become forgetful of their offering, sacrifice, labours and tears
Especially, we who live abroad, have a great need for their prayer and protection so as to remain steadfast and constant in the faith of Christ, and unwavering in imitating them. The Auxiliary Society of the Ladies of PANTANASSA, in admirable co-operation with Hestia of London and generally all of us as one, celebrate their most honourable annual feast and ask for their prayers and bold intercessions, for the favourable outcome of the problems which trouble our own and much-suffering homeland of Cyprus. Additionally, we beg for the personal elevation and spiritual progress of every one of us.
Something which one might notice in this instance, is that the Saints of Cyprus easily extend over the two thousand years of Christian life of the island. The other point which is apparent is that among them are to be found the three ranks of clergy, the monks surpassing in number, the multitude of lay men and women and not least the fresh blood of the many Neomartyrs still emitting vapour. The latter maintained their struggle remaining “faithful unto death” with strong stamina and without lowering the flag of faith during the extremely painful and long captivity under the Ottoman occupation.
Let us recall here that the example and the virtues of all the Saints, work for every member of the Church as an unmistakable signpost which leads unwaveringly to Paradise. All those Saints, who lived on the island of Cyprus are a bottomless spiritual treasury for all of us, they are very useful for the manifold difficulties of human life. They are the compasses which show the right way of travelling and permanent lighthouses which illumine us so as to re-discover ourselves within the materialistic and disorientated world in which we live.
However, the easily captured and sensitive youth especially need the Saints of our homeland. For the young people are led and carried from various trends which unrestrained come in and out of our homes and in accordance with the Bible, as other roaring lions, intending to swallow the innocent young.
Today we are given the opportunity to stress the admirable, wonderful and worthy example to be imitated and at the same time the faithfulness to our tradition of many of our compatriots who established themselves over here. These people every year remember the Patron Saints of their communities back home, they honour them appropriately by planning a course of events. They attend the Church services together, commemorate their feasts, they say prayers and invocations and bring to the Churches all the necessary things for the occasion.
Through all these ways they honour the Saints of their homeland and seek in a paracletic way their favour and protection, under the shadow of whom they saw the light of the sun for the first time, they grew up and they were nurtured in the living ideals of our faith and our nation.
Additionally, let us stress that many of those people come from occupied towns and villages of Cyprus. The annual celebrations with which they occupy themselves have maintained within us the hope of returning to the places of our homeland and renew our wish to see them free. Let us pray to Holy God to be lenient to all of us, forgive all our mistakes and sins and make us worthy to see the fulfillment of our wish. Amen!
C O M M U N I T Y N E W S
MEALS FOR THE ELDERLY: The meals for the elderly resumed on Thursday, 16th September 2010. The first meal was donated by Erotokrita Livera in memory of her parents Andreas and Anna. All the remaining meals in October are being subsidised by the Ladies’ Auxiliary Society of PANTANASSA, with the exception of one of the meals which will be subsidised by Androulla Joannidou, in memory of her beloved husband Savvas and her parents Christophis and Christina. We thank all the kind donors for their generosity and consideration towards this worthy cause.
A SPECIAL REQUEST: We take this opportunity to appeal to all our generous and philanthropic parishioners regarding our elderly. We ask you to remember our elderly and contribute towards the meals which are given twice a week in their honour. The Committee responsible for the meals appreciates your kind gesture very much.
RENEWAL OF SUBSCRIPTIONS: The subscriptions for the Community (£50.00), Pantanassa (£25.00) and the Archdiocese Magazine (£15.00) are now due. If you have not already paid your subscriptions or wish to subscribe to any or all of these you may contact our Community’s offices.
NEW LAY READER FOR OUR COMMUNITY: His Grace Athanasios, Bishop of Tropaeou, on Wednesday, 8th September 2010, created a new lay reader in our community by the laying-on of hands, Mr Savvas Artemis. We congratulate the new lay-reader on his new role in the church and wish him every spiritual progress and fruitful service.
COMMUNITY EVENT – A SUCCESS: On Thursday, 30th September 2010, the Ladies’ Auxiliary Society of PANTANASSA, together with the other Community’s Committees held a successful evening event. The food was plentiful and consisted of barbecued kebab and chicken served with green salad, cous-cous salad, roast potatoes, various dips and bread.
After the welcoming by Mrs Androulla Christaki, His Grace Athanasios, Bishop of Tropaeou said grace and blessed the table. We all chatted away whilst enjoying the meal. After the dessert, His Grace gave an account of the history of Cyprus on the occasion of completion of fifty years of Independence. Then an entertainment of songs and dances followed by some of the pupils of our school and some of the community’s staff.
A raffle was drawn towards the end of the evening. Over 100 people attended. Approximately £2,750.00 was raised. We take this opportunity to thank all the people who contributed in any way to make the evening possible, joyful and a successful event.
MEETING OF PARENT/TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION: On Wednesday evening, 15th September 2010, His Grace Athanasios, Bishop of Tropaeou, presided at the meeting of the Parent/Teachers’ Association of St Barnabas Greek School. Eight persons turned up. After prayers the Bishop welcomed and thanked every one who attended.
His Grace then thanked and congratulated Mrs Koulla Nicolaou for her long service to the School, as chair of the Association. The members then elected a new committee as follows: Chairwoman: Joanna Onoufriou; Deputy Chairwoman: Kyriaki Stavrou; Treasurer: Elizabeth Photi; Secretary: Androulla Patsallides. The Bishop congratulated the new Committee members and wished them every success in their task. He then informed them of the beginning of the new school year, the employment of new teaching staff, the first term’s programme and the remaining school and community activities.