Wonder worker remembered

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Nicolette BarbasSouth Western Times
Blessing of the holy bread.
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Every year on December 6, Orthodox Christians around the world celebrate the feast day of Saint Nicholas.

This year, His Grace Bishop Elpidios of Kyaneon, joined the parish at the Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church in Bunbury on Sunday for the annual feast day.

Bishop Elpidios with Father John.
Camera IconBishop Elpidios with Father John. Credit: Nicolette Barbas

More than 250 people from Perth, Geraldton and Bunbury came to join the South West orthodox community to take part in the celebrations.

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Father John Sullivan said the day was about commemorating Saint Nicholas, the Wonder Worker, Bishop of Myra from the 4th century.

Bishop Elpidios.
Camera IconBishop Elpidios. Credit: Nicolette Barbas

“It is said that Saint Nicholas was of a quiet, ascetic and studious nature,” Fr John said.

“He defended the unfortunate, assisted the poor, and anonymously performed acts of kindness.

“The day was absolutely amazing, I was overwhelmed by the support from people coming to help us celebrate.

We welcomed the biggest crowd of pilgrims we have had in Bunbury in decades and for my first feast day as the parish priest it was such a great blessing to me personally.

After the morning church service, guests dined around tables for the feast and finished off the afternoon with traditional Greek dancing.

As well as having the pleasure of hosting His Grace Bishop Elpidios of Kyaneon, Father Terry Gerovasilis, Deacon Athanasios Athanasiadis, Father Prodromos, retired parish priest Father Sortiris and the Consul of Greece Georgia Karasiotou also journeyed down to Bunbury to celebrate.

Bishop Elpidios.
Camera IconBishop Elpidios. Credit: Nicolette Barbas

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