“The Greek Army Chaplain Corps, throughout the 190 years of its life, has provided much for the Army and Homeland, both in times of war and in peace. And this was done with self-sacrifice, with struggles and blood, and in various ways, such as with sacred acts, speeches, and personal communication, with both officers and soldiers,” Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece said in his address at the Military Chaplains’ Anniversary event held yesterday afternoon at the Hellenic Armed Forces Officers’ Club (LAED).
The commencement of the event was announced by the Archbishop, who stated, among other things, that “in my presence today I would like to mark the honour that our Church rightly pays to all military chaplains who, during this 190 year period, staffed the Greek Army Chaplain Corps and worked efficiently with self-sacrifice and love for their Homeland and the Church. And, of course, to honour all of you, the military chaplains, who are among us here tonight, both those retired and those in active service, who still continue worthily the work of your predecessors.”
Concluding his address, the Archbishop wished “that this event may be a springboard for the inauguration of a new period of upgraded ministry of the Greek Army Chaplain Corps, both in organizational and pastoral level, for the benefit of our Church and our Homeland.”