Message-report of the Metropolitan of Syros for the attitude of the Church in the pandemic, the war he accepted, but also her duty for the next day……..
Statement-report on the attitude of the Church in the period of the health crisis, but for her steps the next day the Most Reverend Metropolitan of Syros Dorotheos II made.
As he points out, the Church has recently been ruthlessly and slanderously attacked, however, it lifted the weight untouched. "The Church is and will be, as always, on the front lines of the national struggle, knowing better than any opportunistic pollster and researcher, that our people, and in this test, seeks to rely on it, to his Bishops and priests, waiting to pray and function in his Temples and, through his Faith and his participation in the Mysterious Life of the Church, to gain strength and be supplied with those psychic reserves, that will make him move forward on the path of national recovery and progress ", notes Mr.. Dorotheos and ends by emphasizing that "The Church will never do one thing! It will never "negotiate" the fundamentals of our Faith, which never conflicts with Science, such as, besides, and Science never competes with it, as the boundaries between them are distinct and clearly defined. ".
Mr. Dorotheos, indeed, makes special reference to the Emeritus Professor of Infectious Diseases Eleni Giamarellou and her attitude towards the Church, but also Holy Communion.
Analytically, the statement of the Metropolitan of Syros, as follows:
This Easter was very different for all of us.
And very painful.
For the Archbishop and for our brothers Archbishops,for our clergy,for our Monasteries, as we were all called to raise an unbearable Cross.
For every believer, where, with soul pain, experienced the Passions and the Resurrection of our Lord, away from his temples, where it strikes, with the Sacrament of Holy Communion, the heart of our Church.
And for the Prime Minister himself, who was forced to make difficult decisions, calling on the Church to help address an issue of national importance.
We all tried, very and painfully.
We accepted the ruthlessness, insulting and slanderous war of all those who thought they had found the "opportunity", in the middle of the pandemic, to unfold, once again in the course of the history of this place, their populist anti-clerical revisionism, with the aim of devaluing and degrading the zodiac signs of our Faith, the mockery of the authorities, of the values and ideals of our Nation, that our sacred duty is to pass on to the next generations, and the de-Christianization of our Nation.
Ordinary, Nevertheless, the mountains from the snow…
Simultaneously, our beloved brothers were wronged and insulted and targeted and persecuted, as the strictness of restrictive measures was exhausted in the Church, by showing excessive zeal and zero tolerance in the ministry and their sacred mission, by authorized bodies of the State.
Nevertheless, in their own way each, all of us without exception, with the Archbishop and the Bishops first, we have lifted the weight of an unprecedented state of marginal dilemmas and delicate balances, but always far away, from compromises and discounts, and we have covered the extremes of fear silence with the deafening noise of love and solidarity with our neighbor, with the message of the victory of life over death, of light on darkness!
Our Temples, mourners, remained closed to the faithful, but do not be silent in the face of their Faith. And the faithful, the custodians of our Faith, were injured, deprived of the liturgical life of Holy Week, in which, Nevertheless, they participated mentally and mentally from their homes, with composure and a sense of responsibility, looking forward to the triumph of the Resurrection.
The Church was sacrificed, not to "submit" to the State, with which the roles are distinct and clear, allegedly carrying out its "orders", but, exclusively, to serve, as he always does, the well-understood interest of Her flock and of all Greeks, contributing to the preservation of the common good, protection, namely, public health.
Because the Church always functions as an ecumenical and national spiritual force that unites and not as a union power that divides, because man for her is a brother and not a follower, because the flock is not a tool of power and pressure, but blessed are the people of God.
The deeper, Nevertheless, is the night the closer the dawn is, drawn yesterday, with the rendering of our Temples to the one to whom they belong, to our people, and with the gradual return of our People to its Temples, where his soul is.
The agony expressed by the Archbishop and all the Hierarchs, many of whom testified publicly and theologically, for the opening of the Holy Temples and their performance in public worship, it was perfectly justified, and, we have to recognize, the Prime Minister also listened to her. We leave behind everything that has passed and the wish and prayer of all of us is no more, from making this pandemic a thing of the past, with the decisive contribution of scientists and researchers, where, together with doctors, The nurses and the rest of the silent and invisible workers of the competent health authorities and services kept our homeland on their shoulders and made us all proud..
Greece is looking forward to today and tomorrow with optimism and hope, as, with the help of God and with, internationally recognized, successful management of the great crisis by the Government, he did not live the grief of other more "advanced" countries and did not face the dilemma of choosing between those who should live and those who will be left to die..
The Church is and will be, as always, on the front lines of the national struggle, knowing better than any opportunistic pollster and researcher, that our people, and in this test, seeks to rely on it, to his Bishops and priests, waiting to pray and function in his Temples and, through his Faith and his participation in the Mysterious Life of the Church, to gain strength and be supplied with those psychic reserves, which will make him move forward on the path of national recovery and progress.
The sacred duty of the Church is presented today the re-evangelization of our people, Her pivotal contribution to the transformation of the pain and terror of this nightmare into an opportunity for all of us to return to the timeless spiritual values of our Nation and properly prioritizing our lives, in the capacity of self-awareness and self-knowledge, with the gaze turned to the sky and our Creator, on the occasion or cause of its redefinition is ours and a proposal of generous and spacious collectivity versus miserable and distressing individuality.
Our Church, after all, which, in the more than ten years of the economic crisis, held, with Her own forces, society standing and social web engagement, spreading a net of protection to our weakest fellow citizens and vulnerable groups of the population, looks forward again, the next day, in the post-pandemic period, when its good cooperation and coexistence, with all its means and with all its powers, with the State will be, maybe, more necessary than ever and national solidarity the ultimate "medicine" for wound healing,which the crowner leaves in our society.
Our Church has already focused our attention, Her attention and thought to all those who lose their jobs, looking for what is necessary for them and their families, anxious and afraid for tomorrow….
And he is sure to take over, as he always does, with its Hierarchs and its clergy, the difficult effort to limit and eliminate, if possible, the cost of despair of our fellow citizens, participating in their insecurity and relieving their pain, mystagogically and silently, without cameras and publicity.
The Church will never do one thing! It will never "negotiate" the fundamentals of our Faith, which never conflicts with Science, such as, besides, and Science never competes with it, as the boundaries between them are distinct and clearly defined.
I would like, accordingly, to express a warm "thank you" from the bottom of my heart to the Professor of Infectious Diseases at the University of Athens, Mrs. Eleni Giamarellou, to offer her a minimal reward for her loud and brave voice, where, Nevertheless, is infected by those, far from the Church and the soul, the feelings and traditions of all of us, attempted, professionally, constantly and unresolved, to discredit the Church and its liturgical life, offending at the same time this same constitutionally guaranteed religious freedom and the constitutionally guaranteed free development of personality..
Whatever the price, The Bishops and all the clergy will never deviate even by antenna from our Faith!
It is never going to happen "To sell our firstborn", why "Our freedom is the criterion of our responsibility".
In vain, Well, trying, and in centers they kick, any ethnocentrists and deniers of the experience of the existential miracle of the Holy Mystery of the Eucharist, playing recklessly and ruthlessly "In the players"!