On Sunday 17 September 2017 at the request and with the blessings of His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia, the Greek Orthodox faithful and clergy of Sydney gathered together to pray for the national postal vote.
A beautiful icon of the Virgin Mary, dedicated with the new name “Bride of God and Protectress of Marriage” was painted for the historic occasion.
The service was presided by His Grace Bishop Iakovos of Miletoupolis and was attended by well over 1,300 people. After the service His Grace Bishop Iakovos addressed the faithful. The service was so well attended that it took over 2.5 hours for the faithful to finish venerating the icon.
In His recent Encyclical on marriage His Eminence reminded the faithful that, ‘It …constitutes a sacred and inviolable obligation for all of us, excluding no one, to record ‘NO’ on the relative Postal Survey Form, and to express “with one mouth and one heart” our absolute objection to such an unholy Legislation, which would put at risk the interests of the Family and Marriage for the whole of society.…’.
Below we provide photos of the occasion.