Chios received solemnly the holy relics of St. John the Baptist, which are kept in Kykkos Monastery in Cyprus. Local authorities and dozens of faithful attended the event.
The holy relics were brought by the Protosyncellus of the Holy Metropolis of Kykkos and Tillyria, Archim. Agathonikos Kykkotis, and were placed in the centre of the Metropolitan Cathedral of St Minas, Victor and Vincent in Chios.
On Wednesday afternoon, the relics will be transferred to the Church of Saint John of Pirama so that the faithful can pay their respects. On Thursday afternoon, they will be returned to Cyprus.
In his speech, Metropolitan Markos of Chios said how important the transfer of the holy relics to the island of Chios was and referred to the historic bonds between Chios and Cyprus. Archimandrite Agathonikos conveyed the blessing of Metropolitan of Tylliria to the faithful from Chios.