One of the highlights of the Official Opening that had taken place last weekend was the offering of St. Panteleimon relics. The relics have been bequeathed to our Community from the Apostolic Church of Cyprus and were brought to London by His Eminence the Metropolitan Bishop Georgios of Paphos.
The Metropolis of Paphos has specifically ordered and offered to us the reliquary, which is the silver box where the relics have been placed.
It is worth noting that for the Eastern Orthodox Church the veneration of relics is an important part of her spirituality. The relics of Saints are always treated in Orthodoxy with honour and respect and they are often displayed prominently in Churches. This is what we are going to do with these relics of St. Panteleimon, which will be from now on a valuable element of our Church treasure.