With the blessing of Archbishop Makarios of Australia, the Parish of Saint Paraskevi in Taigum, Brisbane, held the inaugural event of the main celebrations for the bicentennial anniversary of the Greek Revolution of 1821 at the Archdiocese’s camp on Bribie Island on Sunday, January 3.
During the event, the contribution of every patriot and especially of small children to the liberation of the Greek nation was roughly described. More specifically, the priest in charge of the church, Fr. Panagiotis Kapandritis, wished all those present a happy and blessed year, and invited the people to attend the commemorative events organized by the parish.
“We believe we have the duty to dedicate this first event to the role played by children during the Revolution,” the parish said in a statement. “And that’s because we chose to be in the camp on Bribie Island which is a place for the children,” he said.
The Parish also sent its own message for the great anniversary: “It is 200 years since the beginning of a new life, from the shaking off of unjust slavery. Our ancestors showed that we must also fight and proved that nothing is impossible. This year is extremely important and we must all, especially parents, participate and teach our children, wherever they are, for the great legacy of blood and sacrifice they have received as a sacred legacy.”