Cherry Hill, NJ, January 27, 2013 – The Greek community of Philadelphia came out this past weekend to honor the Three Holy Hierarchs; Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom. These highly influential bishops of the early church, played pivotal roles in shaping Christian theology and are recognized for bringing Hellenes the Greek letters.
This years annual event was filled with poem and song. Greek school students from each of the parishes read poems dedicated to Greek language and life; then performed dances from all areas of Greece, reminding the attendees of the rich diversity and history of Hellenism.
The 13 parishes that make up the Greek Orthodox church members of the Delaware Valley all participated in the afternoon event while Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey looked on. Metropolitan Evangelos spoke at the conclusion of the event now in it’s sixth year. He recognized many individual leaders from the churches for helping put this event together and concluded by announcing that the event will return back to St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox church (in Upper Darby, Pa.) where it was originally hosted in 2008 for the first time.