Church of the T.O.C. of Greece
Sacred Archdiocese of Athens
8 Botsaris Street
121 31 Persteri, Athens
of the Primate of the T.O.C. Church of Greece
His Beatitude Archbishop Nikolaos
To the Christ-Named Pleroma of the Church
"Now are all things filled with light, Heaven and earth and the nethermost regions.
Today, when the darkness of materialism,
worship of the flesh, and of unbelief has covered almost everything,
what would be more desirable than the pure, the sweet, the unwaning
Light of the Risen Jesus Christ? Yet this Light, which has the
power to scatter and set aside the thick gloom of Hades, is prevented
from reaching the hearts of unfaithful, materialistic and cynical
men, who irrationally prefer the darkness which hides their
How is it possible for such a Light, for such a
power, to be hindered by the will of ill-disposed people? That
which hinders it is man's freedom, his self-determination: this
awesome gift which God gave to mankind, and which God Himself never
forces, never sets aside.
I take, therefore, the opportunity
afforded me with this Paschal Message, to communicate with all of the
members of our Church, and even with every well-disposed soul who is
perhaps not of Her flock, and, as Archbishop, to send forth a message
of unity and reconciliation toward every direction.
United, the Members of the Church acquire undefeatable power against every foe. An enemy battles in vain against a united community of the faithful of a Church in which the Clergy and the Laity, shepherds and flock, each from his place and each according to his measure and calling, travel with Tradition and the God-inspired Sacred Canons as their guide and direction. The bond of love, the alliance of common Faith and Confession, the co-suffering love for our neighbor, and the devotion in humility and obedience to the ideals of Orthodoxy, in conjunction with genuine and unfeigned works of Orthodoxy, render every attempt of our enemy, the man-killing devil, to harm the Church condemned to failure.
celebrate the death of death,
the destruction of Hades…"
death upon the Cross, His descent into Hades, and His Resurrection
from the Tomb of our Lord Jesus Christ has rendered useless all of
the power of our enemy, the Devil. His only power comes from
that which he draws forth from our cooperation with his dark plans
and deeds. His great weapon - death - is dead.
Brethren, children beloved in the Lord:
This call to action
which your Archbishop addresses to you comes from his heart. I
desire with the guileless desire of a father who wishes to see his
family united and loving.
I ask with all the strength of my
soul to see our Church as a brilliant light-house for the
tempest-tossed world. I want to see Her as a haven where those
who have until now lived far from Christ and are in danger of the
ship-wrecks of life might find rest. I desire to see our Church
whose Members live their Orthodoxy, and who manifest the power of our
Confession, not in quarrels, not in seeking to lead, not in minutely
noting the weaknesses of our neighbor, but rather in peacefulness,
humility, and obedience, fortifying the weak in a spirit of
moderation and condescension.
For then, my beloved children,
then will be realized this triumphant verse of the Paschal Canon, and
we will be able to chant it together with full hearts and heavenly
up thine eyes O Sion and behold! For lo.
like divinely-radiant luminaries, from the West,
the North, the Sea, and the East, have Thy children
assembled unto Thee blessing Christ unto the ages."
TRULY HE IS RISEN!
of Athens and All Greece