A student conference on "Companions in the sacred pilgrimages of our place - From the past to the present, looking to the future" took place today in the old church of Agios Georgios in Paralimni.
The conference is part of the program of student religious tours organized by the Directorates of Secondary General and Secondary Technical-Vocational Education in collaboration with the Synodal Office of Pilgrimage Tours of the Church of Cyprus.
During the day, presentations were made with the students' studies.
- Churches and chapels of the Municipality of Deryneia from the High School of Peace and Freedom
- The church of Agios Georgios "of the square" in Avgorou and its hagiography from the High School of Kokkinohoria "Panos Ioannou"
- Holy Pilgrimages of the Communities of Xylofagos and Liopetri from the Regional High School of Xylofagou
- Touching the Religious richness of our community from the High School of Paralimni
- Carpenter's hermitages from the Rizokarpasos High School and the Technical School of Paralimni and
- Holy Basilica and Stavropegiki Monastery of Apostolos Varnava-Station in the History of the Church of Cyprus from the Lyceum of Paralimni.
During the day, traditional songs were presented by the Traditional Ensemble of the Music School of Famagusta under the direction of George Kalogirou.
The beginning of the meeting was announced by the Metropolitan of Constantia-Famagusta Vassilios.
Greetings on behalf of Archbishop Chrysostom II were addressed by Bishop Gregory of Mesaoria and on behalf of the Minister of Education and Culture by the First Education Officer of Larnaca / Famagusta Michalis Loizidis.
Read the greetings below:
Blessing of His Beatitude the Archbishop of Cyprus, Chrysostom II
Greetings from the Minister of Education and Culture, Mr. Costas Hambiaouris
Greetings of His Eminence the Metropolitan of Constantia Mr. Vassilios at the meeting of the Student Religious Tours program
"It is with great pleasure that the Holy Diocese of Constantia and Famagusta, is hosting today here in the church of Agios Georgios in Paralimni, the organized day" Companions in the sacred pilgrimages of our place. From the past to the present and looking to the future ", which is part of the Student Religious Travels program operated by the Directorate of Secondary Education of the Ministry of Education and Culture in collaboration with the Synodal Office of Pilgrimage tours of the Church of Cyprus.
The aim of the Program, as we all know, is to highlight our religious monuments, the cultural wealth associated with them (hagiography, mosaic, wood carving, etc.), but also the historical wealth that accompanies them.
Already this ornate temple in which we are now, according to tradition, succeeded in the 19th century an older Byzantine church. Valuable treasure that survives in its long history with the iconostasis, the written decoration of the Holy Table, but also the fresco of the Trophy-bearing Saint George as a dragon-killer dominating its northern aisle.
We warmly congratulate the groups of students from the schools of the free province of Famagusta, Xylofagos High School and the occupied Rizokarpasos High School ΄ as well as the participating teachers, who all together dealt with some of our important religious monuments in our area and beyond. , thus knowing better our culture and our roots; because our culture is not only a shift to the past but a lesson for its continuation in the future and our young people a. HOTEL future.
Congratulations also to the Directorate of Secondary and Secondary Technical and Vocational Education of the Ministry of Education and Culture, His Beatitude and especially the Synodal Office of Pilgrimage tours of the Church of Cyprus, which operates under the guidance of the Most Reverend Bishop for 3 years. of the Student Religious Tours Program in the context of the operation of school units throughout Cyprus.
With these thoughts, we declare the beginning of the work of today's student day, wishing them every success (in them) and with the help of God to celebrate Easter. ”