On Tuesday, March 8, 2016, in a long standing tradition of the Greek Orthodox Church, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios Geron of America celebrated the Agiasmo Service at the Philoptochos Center of Philanthropy, bestowing God’s blessing on the Center, those present and all the members of Philoptochos nationwide. His Eminence prayed for all those who through their philanthropic work provide care and healing for those in need.
Present at the Agiasmo Service were, His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zela, National Philoptochos President Maria Logus, along with the National Philoptochos Past President Aphrodite Skeadas, National, Direct Archdiocesan District, and Metropolis Board Members, and local Chapters Members.
Following the Agiasmo, His Eminence briefed those who were present about the upcoming Pan-Orthodox Great and Holy Synod and asked for the prayers and support of Philoptochos. His Eminence also spoke about the ongoing efforts in aiding our brothers and sisters in Greece and Cyprus, still affected by the recent economic crisis. In conclusion, His Eminence gave an update of the progress of the rebuilding of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine. After His remarks His Eminence presented to the National Philoptochos a rare, if not the only existing, hand painted icon of all twenty Anargyroi Saints. In response National Philoptochos President Maria Logus, thanked His Eminence for this great gift that will adorn the National Philoptochos Center and for His constant love, support and guidance for Philoptochos.