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“May 2021 be a year that will give us an abundance of things, not because life owes us something, but because we need it,” wished the Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and all Greece at the Holy Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens, where he performed the Doxoloxy service in the morning.
President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Metropolitan Giorgos of Guinea, a representative of Patriarch Theodore II of Alexandria in Greece, Exarch of the Holy Sepulchre in Greece, Archimandrite Raphael Grivas, representatives of foreign Churches, parties, the Armed Forces, the Fire Brigade and the Police, also attended the service. The Protosyggellos of the Holy Archdiocese of Athens, Archimandrite Varnavas Theocharis, presided over the Doxology. In addition, all the precautionary measures against the coronavirus were observed.
After the Doxology, the Archbishop of Athens wished all the best and a blessed new year.
Archbishop of Athens: God will give us stength to overcome difficulties
“Happy New Year. May the new year be creative and blessed for everyone,” the Archbishop of Athens and all Greece wished on the Church Radio Station 89.5. “These are the days when we exchange wishes and we all need them because, without realising it, it is consoling,” the Archbishop added. He also referred to the difficulties of 2020: “It is true that we have gone through an adventure, a pandemic”.
Moreover, he called on the faithful to take care of themselves, to take care of their brothers and sisters “because life is the precious gift that God has given us.”
Finally, he wished: “My we pluck up the courage to overcome the difficulties of the pandemic. Let us remain strong. Let us pray to God who will give us the strength to overcome them. I wish all of you a Happy and Blessed New Year! May the new year be better and creative.”