Under the patronage of His Eminence Metropolitan Basilios, the Lesser Blessing of the Water service for the commencement of the Education and Youth Ministry Year was held on Saturday 3rd February at the Antiochian Youth Centre. It was a beautiful morning service with several youth and young families in attendance.

After the service, we heard from Father Theophan Nahas, Deacon Jason Israel and Andrew Abou Sleiman about the educational goals and upcoming 2024 events and activities for Church School, ACOY and SPOCE, respectively.

His Eminence Metropolitan Basilios addressed those in attendance, emphasising and highlighting the wonderful educational opportunities for young children, youth, and adults throughout the Archdiocese and encouraged the Antiochian community to participate.

The morning concluded with His Eminence, blessing everyone with the sanctified water and the cutting of cake to commence the educational year of 2024. May it be a blessed year!