Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens spoke of the need for cooperation and love at the sanctuary in the Church of the Apostle and Evangelist Luke, the Physician of Lamia, where he performed the Holy Communion in the morning.
“If we keep forward going up the hill hand in hand, then we will make it,” he pointed out. The Archbishop visited the Holy Metropolis of Fthiotida on the occasion of the official celebrations of Saint Luke, Patron Saint and Liberator of the city of Lamia.
Metropolitan Symeon of Fthiotida expressed his gratitude to Archbishop Ieronymos and said: “The 18th of October 2020 marks a period when the whole world is facing an uncontrollable and an unknown health threat. Unfortunately, this situation preludes a new economic and humanitarian crisis. The faithful observe the precautionary measures, and despite the difficulties, we commemorate ‘Luke the Beloved’, the Evangelist of joy, in order to find strength and optimism to support each other, to be on solid ground, and to be in solidarity with each other.”
The Archbishop said that he was happy and moved about the fact that he was there and hoped for cooperation between the Church and the Greek State. He stressed, “This period is uncanny, there are many difficulties and there will come even more as we move forward climbing up the hill hand in hand but we will make it.”
Following the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, the Doxology was performed on the 76th anniversary of the liberation of the city from the German occupation troops.