Yesterday, May 2, 2022, at the Great Orthodox Christian Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ and the Day of Heroes, as well as the Feast of the Italian Republic, after the Divine Liturgy a small part of the Community’s Parish of the Saint Great Martyr Menas of Sedegliano, of the Sacred Orthodox Metropolis of Italy of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, went to the Monument of the Fallen for the Motherland in the City Center of Sedegliano, in Piazza Roma, where it was celebrated the Solemn Office of the Remembrance of the Heroes of the Motherland.
Protopresbyter Father Petru Parvu, Parish Priest of the Parish of the Saint Great Martyr Menas, highlighted the following in his sermon at the Monument: “A Nation, a Motherland cannot exist without remembering the bloodshed and the Heroes who voluntarily sacrificed themselves for the Unity, Independence, Prosperity, and Dignity of the People. Today the Christian Orthodox Church celebrates the Ascension Day and along with this Great Feast the Heroes are celebrated; we, the Orthodox Christians, believe that with the Ascension of Christ we too have been allowed to Ascend through the Holy Sacrifice of the Heroes of the Motherland, recognizing in our existence many crucifixions but above all one single Resurrection. Honoring the Heroes of the Motherland on Ascension Day, we grace them because due to their Sacrifice, today we can hold our heads high with Dignity, we can have Hope in Above, not letting ourselves be humiliated in the course of history. Today it is a duty to honor with words of gratitude and praise our Heroes who bravely fought so that we, today could have a legacy. The Christian Orthodox Church remembers the Heroes at every Divine Liturgy along with the Civil and Military Authorities of the country. We, today, do very little compared to their sacrifice, we should try even more to keep their memory alive and make the effort to follow their example in sacrifice and love for the Motherland. Eternal Memory to the Heroes and Long Live Italy! Many greetings to Italy, to the Italians, and finally to all of us!”