Melbourne’s Historic Orthodox Church Re-Opens After Devastating Fire

Melbourne’s historic Annunciation of Our Lady Orthodox church which was severely damaged in early May 2016 by fire will again open its doors on the eve of the feast day of the Annunciation, March 24.

The project for the complete restoration of the church, one of Melbourne’s oldest and the second Greek-Orthodox church to be founded in Australia, is still in progress.

The fire caused extensive damage to the church which was inaugurated in 1901

Built by the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria, the church was constructed in 1900-2 to serve Greeks, Syrians and other nationalities of the Orthodox faith.

It is protected by the Heritage Act 1995 and was listed as part of the Victorian Heritage Register in 1982.

The festivities will commence on Saturday evening with the service for the Feast of the Holy Annunciation of Our Lady celebrated by His Grace Bishop Ezekiel of Dervis, assisted by a number of Orthodox priests and is expected to be attended by hundreds of parishioners.

On Sunday, the Feast Day will be celebrated with the Divine Liturgy officiated by His Grace Bishop Iakovos of Miletoupolis.