Boston, MA.- In Boston, the festivities marking Greek Independence Day began on Friday, April 8 at the Boston State House. They included a reception at the Greek Consulate. On Saturday, the Omospondeia held a well attended dinner. Metropolitan Methodios presided at the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at the Annunciation Cathedral of Boston on Sunday morning and then the streets of Boston were filled with crowds who admired the floats from almost every parish of the Metropolis and many organizations.
Parade Grand Marshalls were Metropolitan Methodios, Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Greece’s Ambassador to the United States Vassilios Kaskarelis.
Honorary Grand Marshalls were: Senator Scott Brown (R-Mass) the new Consul General of Greece to Boston, Ilias Fotopoulos, Member of the Greek Parliament, Efstathios Koutmeridis, George Danis, George and Cathy Sakellaris, Boston City Councilor Rob Consalvo, NH State Representative thomas Katsandonis and Professor Michalis Psalidopoulos. Eleni Vidalis is the President of the New England Omospondeia.
DIALOGUE WITH STUDENTS
His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios presided at the Great Compline Service held at the Annunciation Cathedral of Boston Monday evening, April 11. More than 70 attended the service including over 40 college students from colleges and universities in the greater Boston area, some of whom participated in the reading of Psalms. The students were most appreciative of His Eminence’s inspirational words and his interest in their activities. Following the Service, the Cathedral community served a delicious Lenten meal for all in attendance in the church hall.
All OCF students were given tsourekia prepared by the Cathedral community. Fr. Cleopas Strongylis, the Dean of the Cathedral, assisted His Eminence. Also attending the event was the Director of Youth Ministries for the Metropolis, Dina Pappas.