Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece invited the faithful in his Christmas message “to feel responsible for the health of all”.
As the Archbishop of Athens emphasized, “now that every wise man sees very well that the pandemic is a real problem, we must feel responsible for everyone’s health. Let us take care of the vulnerable. The personal experience of illness and hospitalization sets the right order of things and emotions. We owe a lot of attention.
After all, let us not trigger our brothers with indiscriminate behaviors. Let us respect those who are perhaps too afraid. After all, who is oblivious to fear?”
The Archbishop of Athens, however, added that a Christian is also a man of hope. “Let us not be paralyzed by fear,” he stressed.
He also recalled that in this “unexpected world war”, as he described it, “some people were hurt the most. They lost their own people. Let our prayer for them be our gift this year at the feet of the Christ Child.
I also invite you to pray separately for the heroes, the ascetics of this story, the doctors, the nurses and all the workers in the ministry of the ill. Their work in all the lengths and breadths of the earth is a true charity. They forget that they exist in order for us to exist. We are grateful to them.”