Parliamentaries from 30 countries take part in the prayer service on the site where Paul the Apostle preached in Athens

His Beatitude Archbishop Ieronimos II of Athens and All Greece has headed a prayer service dedicated to the feast of St. Paul the Apostle (according to the Gregorian calendar) on Holy Pnyx hill in front of the Acropolis of Athens. Present were representatives of the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy. The Holy Apostles Peter and Paul are commemorated in the Church of Greece on June 30.

Bishop Ioannis of Thermopilai talked with those gathered about Holy Apostle Paul. The Hierarch particularly stressed that the Apostle’s courage and resolve helped him lay the foundations of the universal Church.

After the prayer service, his Beatitude Archbishop Ieronimos awarded the president of the general assembly of the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy Sergei Popov with the highest award of the Church of Greece: the Cross of St. Deonysius the Areopagite.

The Pnyx hill, or the hill of Areopagus, is a bare marble hill in front of the entrance to the Acropolis in the center of Athens. Here Paul the Apostle delivered his famous speech on the "unknown God", mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles. At the foot of the hill, there is a bronze slab with the text (in Greek) of St Paul's sermon, reports with the reference to the Romphea agency.