Our Cathedral’s History: The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral is a true spiritual center of almost seven hundred families, people from all lifestyles, and all sharing in one thing, the one true light of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
John Gretes, who is acknowledged as Norfolk’s first Greek immigrant, settled here in 1898. Shortly thereafter, George Christopoulos and his wife Paraskevi arrived. The names of Christopoulos and Gretes appear frequently as the founding fathers of the Greek Orthodox community, here, in Norfolk Virginia.
It was not until, March 3, 1911, Sunday of Orthodoxy, (see Greek Orthodox Holy Days) when the Divine Liturgy was celebrated by the newly appointed, Rev. Fr. George Smyrnakis, our community’s first Holy Father. At that time services moved to Christ and St Luke’s Church which stood at Freemason and Cumberland Streets, serving celebration to our 25 member congregation.
In 1919, following an intensive fundraising drive, the church at Freemason and Cumberland Streets was purchased. While the church on Freemason Street served us well, the ever-growing Greek Orthodox population facilitated the need for a larger complex, in 1943, a new church building fund drive was initiated. The General Assembly in 1947 authorized the purchase of a parcel of land located at Granby and Fife Streets, our present location. A comer-stone was laid in 1954, and on March 27, 1955, the first services were held in our new and beautiful Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral.
|Thursday, May 18, 2017||1:30pm, 3:30pm and 7:00pm|
|Friday, May 19, 2017||1:30pm, 3:30pm, and 7:00pm|
|Saturday, May 20, 2017||1:30pm, 3:30pm, and 7:00pm|
|Sunday, May 21, 2017||1:30pm and 3:30pm|
|Thursday, May 18, 2017||Orthodox Iconography||7:00pm|
|Friday, May 19, 2017||Orthodox History & Culture||7:00pm|
Food and music highlight the festival. Outdoor stands will sell everything from Souvlaki to Loukoumades — all homemade in the flavorful tradition of Greek cuisine. The food is available at the festival under the tents while listening to live music or indoors at the Hellenic Center. Take-out is also available.
Thursday 11am - 9:30pm
Sunday 12pm - 7pm
Enter the circular drive in front of Cathedral from Granby Street, hand your order (no substitutions allowed) to a waiting attendant, then drive forward to pick up your food and back onto Granby Street.
Make Baklava & Take it home with you to bake. Enjoy and taste various Greek cheeses and sip on Greek wine while making Baklava. Enjoy a full-course meal using classic Greek recipes. Learn how to make the Greek recipes that will be served during the class. Both classes run around 90 minutes, arrive 15 minutes early. Participation limited to 50 per class. $40 includes the class, the materials, and the meal. Location of the classes will be on the grounds of the festival, at the AHEPA House (See Map on registration page)
Two(2) Classes are Available: