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[url=http://www.goarch.org/news/longbeachretreat-2008-11-17]Press Release[/url] \\"The next morning the presentation and reception of the Holy and Sacred Relics of St. Seraphim of Sarov took place. The relics of St. Seraphim were sent directly from Moscow to Archbishop Demetrios by the express wish of Patriarch Alexy of Moscow and All Russia, following a request by St. Anthonys Monastery in Florence, Ariz. St. Seraphim of Sarov is one of the best-known Russian Orthodox Saints of the 19th century and a revered saint in Greece. The Archbishop led a procession to the Church of the Assumption holding the holy icon of St. Seraphim in which the relics were encased, entered the Church and presided at the service that followed. At the conclusion of the service, Archbishop Demetrios read the letter of Patriarch Alexy and according to the canonical order of the Church, presented the holy relics to Metropolitan Gerasimos who in turn presented them to Fr. Paisios, the abbot of the monastery.\\"
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