The holy church of The Annunciation of Our Lady, also known as Evangelismos Tis Theotokou, the historical and first Orthodox church of Victoria, celebrated its feast day on Saturday 25 March.

As the church was severely damaged during last year’s devastating fire, the Feast of the Great Vespers was held at St John the Forerunner Greek Orthodox Church in Carlton the Friday prior, with Bishop Ezekiel of Dervis officiating the celebration with the Very Rev Father Kosmas and many other parish priests.

The divine liturgy was celebrated at St Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox church in East Melbourne the following day, and was officiated by Bishop Iakovos of Miletoupolis with the Very Rev Father Kosma.

Priests, board members of the Greek community and parishioners were present to celebrate the feast day. To assist with the reinstatement fundraising project of the church, a variety of merchandise was sold and donations were accepted at both churches.

A special luncheon was held at the hall of St Nicholas by the Ladies Auxiliary Committee of the Evangelismos church.