On Monday, December 31, 2012, following Great Vespers at the Patriarchal Church of St. George, His All-Holiness received the Hierarchs of the Throne at the Patriarchal office for the traditional cutting of Vasilopita; the golden coin fell to Metropolitan Germanos of Tranoupoleos. The formal cutting of Vasilopita for the Patriarchal staff was held at the Patriarchal Hall.
On Tuesday, January 1, 2013, His All-Holiness presided over the Divine Liturgy on the occasion of the Lord’s Circumcision and the Feast of St. Basil the Great at the Patriarchal Church of St. George. Following the Divine Liturgy a reception was hosted at the Patriarchal Hall.
photos by Nikolaos Manginas