The Greek Orthodox Monastery (Convent) of the Theotokos (photo), the Life-Giving Spring, which is in the Sierra in the town of Dunlap, 38 miles from Fresno, California, welcomed on Saturday morning nearly 1,000 Greek Orthodox Christians for an official blessing of their church. The monastery, which has one priest and 18 nuns who live there permanently, has weekly services which the public may attend that are performed in Greek.
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, was present and along with Father Jim Pappas, who is the priest of the St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Fresno, conducted the ceremony of the consecration.
Many people attended to pray for themselves and their families. The church gives them a feeling of peace and harmony which is the reason they felt blessed to attend. Everyone who attended was given a piece of the special cloth that was used with oil to wipe down the alters to take home with them.
There were many pieces shipped over from Greece to complete the church that were handmade, so as religious icons, an icon screen, and many more. The nuns also contributed to the church with many of their holy pictures and pieces of work.