His Eminence Metropolitan Cleopas of Sweden and All Scandinavia invites you to attend a photo exhibition by photographer Mr. George Vasiliou, entitled The Cathedral Church of Stockholm, which will be presented at the St. George Cathedral reception hall on Sunday, April 23, 2017.
The theme of this exhibition covers a wide span of activities, persons, and ministries, including the holy sacraments and services, chanter’s stand, church and cultural events, prelates and other visitors, politicians, church architecture, volunteerism and stewardship, and church attendance and the youth in an artistic approach that focuses on quality of expression over quantity.
The exhibition marks the start of a fundraising campaign whose proceeds will benefit the internal restoration of the St. George Cathedral in Stockholm.
This event was chosen as the most appropriate starting point for this historic initiative, in light of the fact that it coincides with the feast of St. George the Great Martyr.
The present renovation campaign represents the first of its kind in terms of project size and breadth since the construction of the church.
The church originally belonged to the Apostolic Catholic Church up until April 27, 1926, when it was gifted to the Holy Metropolis of Sweden.
Thanks to initiative of His Eminence Metropolitan Pavlos formerly of Amaseia and his dedicated aides, ownership of the church was transferred to this historic eparchy of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. This church, whose cornerstone was laid in September of 1889 and whose construction was completed in November of 1890, was designed in a neo-Gothic style.
Over the past three years and up until the present day, several isolated and selected projects were carried out, including the renovation of the offices and the establishment of the parish priest’s office inside the church, the purchase and installation of two large icons stands in the church soleas, the construction and installation of a wood-carved prosthesis (oblation table where the holy gifts are prepared), screen, and two chairs inside the holy sanctuary, the purchase of four new sets of veil coverings for the holy altar, icon stands, the cleaning and reinstallation of all the stairs, the removal, restoration, painting, and reinstallation of all the metal fencing encompassing the church, the formation of a parking lot and construction of an access point to the church for persons with disabilities, the complete reconstruction of the front and rear areas of the church courtyard and the placement of granite tiles and rocks, the formation of two gardens, as well as the insulation of the Cathedral reception hall. We thank all those who supported and contributed to the renovation works that have been completed through today.
In accordance with our people-centered approach, the safeguarding, preservation, and promotion of human achievement must not be overlooked, which why a strong emphasis is placed on the cultural component of this undertaking.
With the maintenance, renovation, and complete restoration of the St. George Cathedral in Stockholm, we will be serving a spiritual need of society by helping it become acquainted with its past and connecting it to its future.
This relates to preserving the memory of a society and people, as well as promoting the spiritual artifacts that this people created during a particular time and place.
Our goal is for the St. George Cathedral to serve as a center for spiritual reconciliation and coexistence in a multicultural society, with our point of reference being the development of inter-Orthodox, interdenominational, and interfaith dialogue which will serve the Christian values and universal human ideals.
We extend our heartfelt thanks and congratulations to Mr. George Vasiliou for volunteering to photograph the church and cultural events taking place in our Holy Metropolis and Cathedral over the past three years, and for his kindness in sharing a small portion of his vast archive of photos for the organization of this exhibition.
Opening: Sunday, April 23, 2017, 12:00 noon
Daily 09:30 - 16:30