New York, NY -- His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, has declared January 27-February 2, 2003 as a "WEEK OF CELEBRATIONS HONORING GREEK LETTERS AND ARTS" to be observed by all parochial day schools and afternoon community schools throughout the Archdiocese. The Archdiocese Department of Greek Education has scheduled several events in Metropolitan New York.
THURSDAY, January 30th 9:30 a.m. Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, 319 East 74th St. (NYC) His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios will preside at the Divine Liturgy for students, teachers and principals of the New York area parochial day schools. At the conclusion of the Liturgy, His Eminence will bestow the Three Hierarchs Award of Excellence on the students who have achieved a score of 100 on the Modern Greek Language Comprehensive Examination of 2002.
6:00 p.m. Metropolitan Club, 1 East 60th St. (NYC) His Eminence will host a Vasilopeta Reception in honor of all principals and teachers of the parochial and afternoon schools.
7:00-8:30 p.m. Metropolitan Club Celebration of Greek Letters with and musical program and featuring a lecture by Holy Cross School of Theology Professor Dr. James Skedros. The public is invited to attend. There is no admission charge.
SUNDAY, February 2nd 9:30 a.m. Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios will preside at the Divine Liturgy and, immediately following, the Grand Opening and Dedication of the Cathedral Library, located in the Cathedral Center, 337 East 74th Street. The new, full service Library has been completed with the generous support of the Kallenikon Foundation, established by Alexandra Kallen, a generous benefactor of Greek Orthodox education and culture. A Reception will follow in the Cathedral Center.
5:30 P.M. St. Demetrios Cathedral, 30-11 30th Drive, Astoria, NY The Department of Greek Education in cooperation with the Hellenic Cultural Center has organized a special tribute to Greek Letters in the Petros Patrides Cultural Center. Featured will be students of the parochial day schools presenting a program of poetry, songs and dance and the Archdiocesan Metropolitan Youth Choir.
By Albert H. Lee