His Eminence Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain had sent a couple of days ago a member of his staff, the Revd. Deacon Meliton R. Oakes, to inspect various parts of our new Church and report back to Him.
He was received and was shown around by Fr. Anastasios and Mr. Pantelis Demosthenous.
In various traditions of architecture including Classical architecture, the capital (from the Latin caput, 'head') forms the crowning member of a column. In the Greek language the capital is called “kionokrano” (κιονόκρανο), meaning the helmet of the column.
The capital projects on each side as it rises, to support the abacus and unite the form of the latter (normally square) with the circular shaft of the column.
From the prominent position it occupies in all monumental buildings, the capital is often selected for ornamentation, and is often the clearest indicator of the architectural order.
We have now in our new Church some of the capitals that will be used to decorate the columns. They are made at the workshop of Mr. Christos Orthodoxou, a prominent member of our Church Committee, who is generously offering them for our new place of worship.
We are really grateful to him, as well as to his family, for all his hard work, his dedication and his kind contributions towards our Church and Community.
Today we had been honoured in welcoming His Eminence Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and G.B. to our Community.
He came with his two deacons, Fr. Evangelos and Fr. Pavlos, and celebrated the Archiepiscopal Divine Liturgy at our temporary Church.
Then we moved to the Vicarage where Virginia, Fr. Anastasios’ wife, had prepared lunch for His Eminence, his clergy and some of the lay leaders of our Church.
After lunch we had the opportunity of visiting the new Church, where His Eminence inspected the different parts of the building and discussed with Fr. Anastasios, Mr. Pantelis Demosthenous and members of the Church Committee possible solutions on various matters.
I visited our new Church a few times today. It was really very busy everywhere.
In the front some workers where fixing the arches on the Facade.
On the top of the roof a roofer was fixing a part of the roof in order to put there the red tiles.
At the back of the Sanctuary a copper engineer was fixing his materials on the small semi dome.
Moving inside I spoke with the plasterers, who said that in two days I shall “see the back of them”!
Because of the fact that plastering has almost been completed other workers were dismantling the scaffolding.
It was really quite emotional to see how it looks now in there. The Dome appears in its splendour and the whole of the interior in front of us, in white colour, symbolising purity. A really fantastic sight.