The Heads of the Orthodox Churches sent their own messages to the Orthodox faithful at a very difficult time during an unprecedented global crisis, urging them to pray and remain steadfast in their faith in God.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew: What is at stake is not our faith – it is the faithful. It is not Christ – it is our Christians. It is not the divine-man – but human beings
Patriarch of Romania Daniel: Peace of the soul, kindness of the heart, communion in prayer, cooperation in good deeds can work wonders, transforming fear into courage and hope
Archbishop of Athens Ieronymos: Turn every house into a small church. Because we love God even when we cannot meet Him in His house. God is everywhere
Archbishop of America Elpidophoros: With our faith in God, we can overcome these present difficulties, using the knowledge that we possess through our God-given intelligence
Patriarch of Serbia Irinej: It is up to us as Christians and human beings to do all that is right for us, knowing from the Holy Scriptures that everything is possible for God
Archbishop of Australia Makarios: It is a trial that we are experiencing, but we Orthodox know very well that after the Crucifixion comes the Resurrection