“You are not alone,” Archbishop Makarios of Australia assured the faithful of Melbourne and the wider state of Victoria, who have endured for a long time the severe restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Without a doubt, it was a very difficult period for you, but also for us,” he noted in his videotaped message and added that “we share the sadness and pain of your heart.”
“I assure you that we are by your side. You are not alone,” the Archbishop highlighted, noting that the Holy Archdiocese of Australia, in both Sydney and Melbourne, has worked hard to open the churches and ease the restrictions on worshipers attending the services.
“Thank God, some light has begun to appear. Although it is small, it is a ray of light “, the Archbishop also noted and assured that the Holy Archdiocese will continue to communicate with the competent authorities, in order to extend the limits of the believers’ participation in the Holy Services of our Church. “We are optimistic that we will be heard,” he said, “and we have indications that this will happen very soon.”
In addition, Archbishop Makarios referred to the multifaceted ordeal experienced by the people of Victoria and to the initiatives taken by the Holy Archdiocese in order to meet the growing needs during the pandemic and the restrictive measures.
“At the same time, our thoughts and prayers, night and day are with you”, he emphasized, addressing the Greek Orthodox flock of the state, encouraging everyone to remain strong and united.
Finally, the Archbishop expressed his sincere hope and expectation that he will be able to visit Victoria soon. “I look forward to meeting you up close and communicating with you”, he noted characteristically, while he closed his message with the wish “God bless you all”.