The start of the Parliamentary year was marked today with a traditional ‘ecumenical service’ at St Christopher’s Cathedral in Canberra at 7.30am.
In attendance was Archepiscopal Vicar of Canberra and Tasmania, Very Rev Archimandrite Prochoros Anastasiadis, High Commissioner of Cyprus, Her Excellency Mrs Martha Mavrommati, and the Very Reverend Protopresbyter Petros Kypouros, Parish Priest of the Church of St Nicholas in Canberra.
During the church service, Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, read an excerpt from the book of Jeremiah, while Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese also read a passage from the book of Romans.
A small sermon was also delivered by Pastor Gabor Szabo from the Canberra-Queanbeyan Lutheran Parish.
At the conclusion of the service, Father Prochoros had the opportunity to speak briefly with the Roman Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn, His Grace Christopher Prowse, as well as the Leader of the Opposition the Hon Anthony Albanese, whom both welcomed Father to the Nation’s Capital.
“At the end of the service Father convened the love and paternal Blessings of His Eminence Archbishop Makarios and wished Mr Albanese a fruitful year ahead,” the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia – Archdiocesan District of Canberra wrote on Facebook.