Meatfare Sunday 2019 at the Cathedral

On Sunday, February 18/March 3, 2019--the Sunday of the Last Judgment, also known as Meatfare Sunday--His Eminence Metropolitan Demetrius presided over the Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of St. Markella in Astoria, New York. Metropolitan Pavlos, the Metropolitan Emeritus of America, was in prayerful attendance. His Eminence also preached the sermon.

At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, the faithful accompanied His Eminence Metropolitan Demetrius to the Cathedral trapeza, where a cake was presented to His Eminence in commemoration of and appreciation for the fifth anniversary of his election to Metropolitan of America and President of the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Church of the G.O.C. of America.

Εἰς πολλὰ ἔτη, Δέσποτα! Many Years, Master!

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