The celebration of the Apostle Andrew, the First-Called, resonated through the Cathedral of the Annunciation in Sydney with profound ecclesiastical splendor.
Archbishop Makarios of Australia, along with Bishops Christodoulos of Magnesia, Bartholomew of Charioupolis, the Protosyncellus of the Holy Archdiocese, Archimandrite of the Ecumenical Throne, Christoforos Krikelis, presided over the commemoration ceremony of the founding figure of the Constantinopolitan Patriarchate amidst an atmosphere of spiritual jubilation and reverence.
Expressing gratitude, the Archbishop highlighted Saint Andrew’s pivotal role as the herald of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to Byzantium. “He sowed the blessed seed of the Orthodox faith,” the Archbishop noted, emphasizing its growth into the invaluable cornerstone of Hellenism, the cherished institution of our Ecumenical Patriarchate.
During the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, Archbishop Makarios performed two ordinations: Deacon Dimitrios Karakiozis was ordained as a Presbyter, and Subdeacon Socrates Dokos as a Deacon.
In his address to the newly ordained presbyter, the Archbishop emphasized the paternal dimension of priesthood, urging him to embody the role of a spiritual father to the Parish entrusted to his care. “Our salvation transcends mere theoretical principles; it is about living and embodying a different way of life,” the Archbishop asserted. He conveyed his confidence in the new clergyman’s capabilities, advising him to harness his gifts for the Church’s glory and the people’s salvation. Stressing the importance of unwavering obedience and devotion to the Archdiocese and its leadership, the Archbishop emphasized the blessings of unity and humility.
Concluding his guidance, the Archbishop offered paternal counsel to the new Deacon: “Continuously seek Christ with fervor and passion, ensuring that your faith remains vibrant, avoiding the temptation of turning your priesthood into mere routine or obligation.”