Update from Greece

His Eminence, Metropolitan Demetrius continued visiting the clergy and faithful of Thessaloniki, passing on to the faithful greetings from the flock of America. On Saturday, January 17th, he visited the hometown of his parents near Florina. There, he went to the cemetery and had a memorial service for his ancestors and visited the 15th century Church of Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker. On the same day he returned to Thessalonika and visited with His Eminence, Metropolitan Maximos of Thessaloniki. Afterwards, he continued to visit with faithful at the Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross where he served on Sunday morning. The Church was filled to capacity. After the Divine Liturgy, he straightway left for Athens in preparation for the feast of the Baptism of our Lord.

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