Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia celebrated the Dormition of Theotokos


The annual feast of the Dormition of Theotokos (Dekapentavgoustos) returned again this year and was celebrated with due splendor and solemnity, at the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia’s (GOCSA) Dormition of Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church in Croydon.

“Our beautiful church in Croydon is dedicated to the Theotokos, and it’s wonderful to see hundreds of people, young and old, pack into our church to celebrate with us on this special day.” said President of the Koimisis Tis Theotokou Parish Committee, John Ninos.

The Greek community came together to celebrate the Dormition of Theotokos.

More than 600 faithful visited the Church to worship the Icon of the Theotokos (Virgin Mary) on Monday, August 14th and Tuesday, August 15th.

“We’ve tried to create a larger event this year and replicate what we had pre-covid. We’ve added more marquees and undercover seated areas for our community to sit down and enjoy lunch together.” explained President of GOCSA, Peter Gardiakos.

Procession around the streets of Croydon.

On Monday evening, vespers were chanted and on Tuesday, the Divine Liturgy led by Fr Mark Papan together with Fr Andreas Kollas and Fr Panayiotis Anagnostou, was followed by the Holy Icon and the Epitaph procession around the streets of Croydon, in the presence of official guests.

At noon, many people enjoyed the celebratory lunch prepared for the occasion by GOCSA volunteers and members of the Women’s Fellowship. The musical accompaniment of bouzouki master Con Dalagiorgos and instrumentalist Jim Giannou contributed to the warm atmosphere, and the event continued through to the afternoon.

In attendance were Federal Member for Adelaide Steve Georganas, West Torrens Mayor Michael Coxon, Charles Sturt Mayor Angela Evans, Councillor of the City of Charles Sturt Peter Ppiros, Chair of SA’s Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission Adriana Christopoulos, and representatives of local organisations.

Food prepared by GOCSA volunteers.
Bouzouki master Con Dalagiorgos.




By subscribing you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.


Latest News

Greek singer Pitsa Papadopoulou surprises elderly residents at St Basils Lakemba

Greek singing legend Pitsa Papadopoulou gave a special performance to elderly residents at St Basils' aged care home in Lakemba.

Upgrades complete for Greek Macedonian Association Clubroom in Western Australia

Construction of the Greek Macedonian Association Clubroom Amenities Upgrade in the City of Stirling are now complete.

Bill Papas spotted relaxing in Greece as judgement day looms on fraud case

Bill Papas has been spotted in Greece just days before an Australian court set a judgement date for his Forum Finance alleged fraud case.

Dementia Australia’s ‘Ask Annie’ app now fluent in Greek

Annie, the star of Dementia Australia's award-winning Ask Annie app, is now fluent in Greek. Read more here.

South Melbourne qualify for Australia Cup Round of 32

It was a tense match against St Albans Dinamo FC, but South Melbourne's victory sees the club return to the Australia Cup Round of 32.

You May Also Like

Greek Orthodox faithful across Australia celebrate Palm Sunday

Greek Orthodox churches across Australia were packed on Palm Sunday this year as thousands gathered to celebrate the start of Holy Week.

Pancretan Association of Melbourne elects female President for second time in history

The Pancretan Association of Melbourne elected its new Board of Management on Monday, April 3 and its second female President in history.

Australia takes the lead in demanding the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece

The Australian Committee for the Return of the Parthenon Sculptures has given advice to the Greek government about how best to handle the British Museum.