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Metropolitan's Message

amfilochios kisamou“We replaced wisdom with knowledge and now we have replaced knowledge with information”, writes Thomas Eliot in “Waste Land”. Could we possibly make the Internet an important pastoral tool in the hands of the Church? Could the millions of people who daily surf the cyberworld palpate hope and discover the wonders of God and people via the Internet?" Believing that the Church's mission is to offer this world the opening of Heaven and to give man the prospect of salvation, which is Christ Himself, the question arises...  



Divine Liturgy at the Holy Monastery of Gonia 3/8/2014

image006The Holy Monastery of Gonia  in Kolymvari announces that the Matins and Divine Liturgy celebrated on Sunday 3 August at the central church of the Monastery will be presided over by the Monast Reverend Abbot of the Holy Great Monastery of Vatopedi Mr. Efraim, who will speak on topics related to the Holy Period we are about to enter.

By the Holy Monastery


Blessing of the fruits of the earth 2014

img 6114aΤhe Holy Metropolis of Kissamos and Selinon announces that on the evening of Sunday August 3 at 7.30pm, a Vespers Service and a Holy Paraklesis will be celebrated in the oldest church in Crete, namely Rotunda of Episkopi in Kissamos, presided over by His Eminence Metropolitan of Kissamos and Selinon Mr. Amfilochios. At the end of the Holy Paraklesis will take place the blessing of the fruit of the earth, as well as a speech about our Virgin by the Most Reverend Abbot of the Great Holy Monastery of Vatopedi Mr. Efraim. Those who wish may offer the fruits of their labors (melons, grapes, etc.) for the blessing.

By the Holy Metropolis


Priest Ordination 26/7/2014

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On Saturday July 26, our Bishop officiated the Divine Liturgy at the Holy Patriarchal Monastery of Odigitria of Gonia, where he performed the Priest ordination of Deacon Emmanuel Mafrigiannakis, Cleric of the Holy Metropolis of Belgium, who holds a post in our Metropolis and his sacred desire was for his Priest ordination to be held at the Holy Stavropegic Monastery of Gonia. His Eminence Bishop of Lambis Sivritos and Sfakia Mr. Eirinaios also attended the ordination, being the spiritual father of Father Emmanuel and also having performed his Deacon ordination.

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Cornerstone of the Holy Temple of St. Nikephoros the Leper

osios nikiforos 2Our Metropolis announces that on the evening of Thursday, 31st July at 7.00pm, in Syrikari of Kisamos, birth land of our Holy Father St. Nikephoros the Leper, His Eminence our Metropolitan Mr. Amfilochios will officiate the ceremony of Sanctification and will also place the cornerstone of the first church which will be erected in the name of our Blessed Father Nikephoros the Leper. Upon completion of the Sanctification, he will distribute icons of Saint Nikephoros for blessing. All the people of God are invited to participate in this historic and sacred event.
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The Holy Temple of Saint Nikephoros the Leper in Syrikari, Kisamos (Photorealistic Drawing)


Spiritual Speech 2/9/2014

koimisi-gonia-mikriOur Holy Metropolis announces that on the evening of Saturday, 2nd August, at 8.00 pm, in the multipurpose room of Tsatsaronakeio Multicentre of our Metropolis in Kissamos, there will be a spiritual speech by the Most Reverend Abbot of the Holy Great Monastery of Vatopedi Mr. Ephraim on “the Holy Mountain and Marian presence.” The speech will be adorned with timely Hymns, which will be performed by the Byzantine Choir of the Conservatory of our Metropolis. Our participation in this beautiful and beneficial spiritual soiree can be a wonderful opportunity for a meaningful approach of the person of our Lady Mary and the forthcoming great celebration of Her Assumption.


Blessing of Mobile Medical Unit

Our Holy Metropolis invites you all, on Saturday 2 August at 19.15pm, to the Blessing Ceremony of a Mobile Medical Unit, which was a kind gift of the Holy Great Monastery of Vatopedi. The fully equipped Medical Unit will be incorporated in the actions of Annousakeio Foundation and will operate in co-operation with the Medical Association of Chania, to meet the needs of financially and socially weak fellow citizens.

By the Holy Metropolis


Pilgrimage to the Holy Land 2014

Our Metropolis organizes a pilgrimage to the Holy Land – Jerusalem for the feast of the Holy Cross, from 25 September to 1 October 2014, with a direct flight from Heraklion. His Eminence Metropolitan of Kisamos and Selinon Mr. Amfilochios will escort. For more information contact Mr. Emmanuel Botonakis on 28220-22128 (line 5, working hours), or Plymakis Travel Agency: Tel. 28210-43212, 56780 email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Social Solidarity Actions by Annousakeio Foundation 2013

Our Metropolis, in the context of Social Solidarity, offers organised soup kitchens for people who are in need (unemployed, impoverished, economic immigrants, homeless, elderly, etc), as well as packages of food, clothing, medicine and free medical examination, in an effort to help cover the growing needs of our destitute brothers.

More specifically, the offer includes:

  • 67,525 servings of food: 105 servings for inmates of the Foundation and other attendants and 80 portions for people of the surrounding area, thus providing 185 servings total (X 365imeron) on a daily basis,
  • 929 bags with different types of foods: pasta, beans, milk, chicken, etc., an average 13 kg each, total: 12.077 kg, and 300 packets with sweets. This offer is categorized in the following way:
    • 840 bags of food for 130 people registered at the Social Grocery,
    • 59 bags of food and 180 boxes of sweets for those registered at the Aid-at-Home Program of Kisamos
    • 30 bags of food and 120 boxes of sweets for those registered at the Aid-at-Home Program of Selinon
  • For 95 families, medicine and medical supplies
  • For 193 families, clothing items.
  • For 35 families, blankets and various bed covers.
  • Free examination of the community, in particular 156 people, through volunteer work by 13 doctors of different specialties.

Specifically, for the year 2013 Annousakeio Foundation wishes to thank the following physicians: Schiniotaki Irene - ENT, Bouzakis Elias - Gastroenterologist, Tsourounakis Nektarios – Pediatrician, Sillas Dimitris - Physiatrist, Bonatakis Michael - Cardiologist, Voulgaraki Olga – Pulmonary, Paterakis Pantelis - Urologist - Andrologist, Tsouris George - Radiologist, Marakomichelakis John - ENT, Psarakis Eftychios - Surgeon, Moustardas Marios - Vascular, Athanasakis Dimitrios - Dentist, Costas Frangos - Radiologist.


Information - Applications for recording incidents and
document submission provided by the Social Services
of the Foundation.

Contact Tel: 2822022276 Fr. Antonios Aretakis