The Greek community in Egypt celebrated the Oxi Day in an atmosphere charged with emotion.
The Head of the Orthodox Church of Africa exclaimed in Alexandria: “Greece never dies!” “Greece is not afraid,” he added and then he started singing the Greek national anthem along with the faithful, a few students and scouts raising the Greek flag at the Church of the Annunciation of the Theotokos. They did the same while listening to the Egyptian national anthem as well.
This shows the common course followed by the Greek-Egyptians, whose ancestors fought and died, especially in the battles of El Alamein during World War II, which are depicted on the two marble slabs in the churchyard. There are innumerable names on of the Egyptians who fought for freedom.
Moreover, the Patriarch addressed the young people of Alexandria, the students and the scouts, who were raising the Greek flag. He said: “As long as we see the symbols of our homeland ‘bowing’ before the Theotokos, then, we are not afraid. Whichever enemy encircles our homeland, whichever enemy fights against us, we are a blessed nation.”
The Doxology for Oxi Day was also performed in Cairo at the Church of Saints Konstantinos and Eleni by the Patriarchal Commissioner of Cairo, Metropolitan Nicodemus, in the presence of the Archbishop of Mount Sinai and Raithu.