According to an old custom, a fragment of the remains of Saint Dionysius, Patron Saint and Curator of all Pieria, was transferred for the 15th of August from the homonymous monastery of Olympus to Katerini.
Specifically, on Thursday, August 1, in the central park of the city, the reception of the Holy Relics was held in the presence of the Clergy and the People, led by Metropolitan Bartholomew of Smyrna.
Then a liturgical procession was formed to the Church of Virgin Mary Pantanassa. There the relic was placed next to the icon of Panagia Odigitria.
Prior to his dismissal, the Protosyncellus of the Metropolis of Kitros, Varnavas Leontiadis, welcomed Metropolitan Bartholomew and thanked him on behalf of Pastor Georgios. The sacred relics of St. Dionysius will remain at the Church of Panagia Pantanassa until Thursday, August 15, when it will return to the Holy Monastery of Olympus.