Australia: New English-language Greek church baptizes and marries multiple converts

Hectorville, Adelaide, South Australia, March 7, 2024

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The Greek Orthodox Church of St. Sophrony of Essex in Adelaide, Australia, celebrated a mass Baptism followed by multiple weddings this weekend.

The church was established just over a year ago in January 2023 to be the Archdiocesan District of Adelaide’s first church to celebrate its services entirely in English, “with a view to reaching out and bringing the Orthodox Faith to the English-speaking population,” reports the Vema of the Church.

The church’s missionary focus and the labors of parish priest Fr. Daniel Bradshaw have paid off, and on Sunday, March 3, a mass Baptism for 10 people (four adults and six children) was celebrated by Bishop Silouan of Sinope, Fr. Daniel, and also Frs. John Saredakis and Jeremy Krieg.

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The Baptisms were immediately followed by a double wedding for two couples from among the newly baptized.

The Sacraments were celebrated at the Archiepiscopal Church of St. Sophia, which is better equipped to hold a service of this size.

“This was a blessed and a historic event for the parish of St. Sophrony of Essex and for the District of Adelaide that deeply touched all who were a part of it,” writes the Vema.

“There are many in our society who hunger for true spiritual food that only the Orthodox Church can provide, and the events on Sunday are evidence of that. May there be many more to come.”

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