Greek Orthodox Archdiocese: Ecumenical Patriarch consecrates Annunciation Church in Manila
Posted on March 06, 2000 in World News
Ecumenical Patriarch consecrates Annunciation Church in Manila
MANILA, March 6, 2000 (GOARCH) -- On Sunday, March 5, the Annunciation of the Theotokos Church in Paranaque, Manila, was consecrated by His All-Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch. This is the first church in Southeast Asia to be consecrated by the Ecumenical Patriarch.
Established in 1989, the completed church as it stands today was erected with generous help from the Adamson family, and other members of Orthodox community.
The consecration service started on a beautiful Sunday morning. The church, which has shining white walls and a Byzantine-style dome, stood resplendent under blue skies. Orthodox from the Philippines and from overseas filled the church, as well as the lawn outside. Most of the congregation inside the church were on their feet.
The Patriarch was assisted by Metropolitans Ioakeim and Nikitas, Bishop Dionysios, and a significant number of clergy from various parts of the world. During the service the entire congregation followed His All-Holiness in procession when he circled the church.
The Patriarch told the people present that the only thing which can really lead man to the land of gladness is the perfect love for his fellow man and for God. The message from the Church of Constantinople is one of love for the people of Southeast Asia, one which assures people everywhere of the immeasurable love of Christ.
The sacred temple being consecrated is a visible sign of the open door before the loving mercy of God. The church is also a refuge and safe harbor, where the faithful are protected from spiritual dangers.
The service, which lasted more than four hours on this Meatfare Sunday, saw a good number of people, both Filipino and expatriate, partake of the Eucharistic Gifts.
At the end of the service Mr Milton Adamson was made an Archon of the Ecumenical Throne, in recognition of his contributions to Orthodoxy in the Philippines.
For more information on the Ecumenical Patriarchate, visit the Ecumenical Patriarchate web site at: http://www.patriarchate.org.