The journey of the Koimisis tis Theotokou Church reconstruction
The difficult journey of the Koimisis tis Theotokou Church reconstruction is finally reaching its end. On the night of April 13, 2015, Panagitsa surrendered to flames, making the hearts of everyone beat loudly and their eyes flood with tears.
The initial thoughts of most people regarding the reconstruction were pessimistic. The project was expensive and difficult. The HCGM immediately called for a general meeting where the church’s rebuilt was unanimously decided, the journey had just begun. Designs, licenses, budgets, security rules were discussed and established by the people responsible at the HCGM. Everyone involved hastened to put everything on track in order to be able to rebuild the church quickly and efficiently.
What was important for the community at large was that the Church was rebuilt. It did not matter whether it was ready for August 15th or for the Holy Cross holiday or for St. Demetrius day in October. The new Church of Koimisis tis Theotokou will once again be a jewel in the Park Extension area. It has been built according to all current city bylaws with an emphasis on safety and accessibility, all necessary amenities have been added and of course the traditional Byzantine appearance has been maintained for all to admire and respect.
Congratulations to all those who contributed to the reconstruction of Panagitsa. Despite malicious comments and criticism, they were determined to rebuild the church that was very dear to the vast majority of Greeks in Montreal, and they succeeded. Great credit to all involved at the HCGM and in particular its President and the Board of Directors.
Inauguration day to be announced soon!