BRUSSELS – His Eminence Metropolitan Athenagoras of Belgium and Exarch of the Netherlands and Luxembourg presided over the ceremony of the cutting of the Vasilopita of the Holy Metropolis of Belgium at the Cathedral of the Archangels in Brussels. Prior to the cutting of the Vasilopita, Metropolitan Athenagoras officiated at the Vespers.
Bishops Dositheos from the Patriarchate of Georgia, Porphyrios of Neapolis, head of the Representation of the Church of Cyprus to the European Union, and the elected Bishop of Apollonias, Ioakim Archontos, attended the ceremony. The Apostolic Nuncio in Belgium, Archbishop Augustine Kasujja, was also present.
At the end of the Vespers, Metropolitan Athenagoras spoke about how special was the year that has passed, noting the festivities of the Golden Jubilee of the Holy Metropolis which took place during 2029, as well as the recent visit of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the Benelux countries.
Metropolitan Athenagoras also thanked all those who helped prepare for the Ecumenical Patriarch’s visit to the Belgian Cathedral.
At the end of his speech, the Metropolitan granted the title of Archimandrite to Hieromonk Philadelphos Kafalis, Director of the Private Office of Metropolitan Athenagoras.