Archbishop Makarios of Australia blessed the students of the third grade of the high school (HSC Class 2020) of the Greek Orthodox College of Saint Spyridon in Sydney.
The Archbishop addressed out of love to the students saying at first that he was proud to be with them. He also said that he was proud primarily because he saw that the young people in the school were close to Jesus Christ. “This is our success,” he said, clarifying that “no matter how well or poorly you achieve your exams, your academic life, your career and your work environment, the real measure of success is how close you are to Christ.” “Without Him, all worldly achievements have no significance,” said the Archbishop, “only what lasts eternally has substance, can make a difference and can transform our daily lives and that of those around us.”
The Archbishop also encouraged the graduates of the College to set high goals and to study diligently in order to take advantage and multiply the gifts that God has given them. “But whatever you do,” he pointed out, “do it for the glory of God and for the good of those around you.”
It is noted that Archbishop Makarios offered all young people a copy of the Bible.
In conclusion, the Archbishop of Australia wholeheartedly gave the young people his paternal blessing and heartfelt wishes for their examinations and future endeavors, assuring them that they will always have the support, both of him personally and of the Holy Archdiocese of Australia and of its clergy. “An exciting new chapter is beginning for you,” he concluded, “May God bless you all!”