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Archbishop Makarios Moving Message in Australia

SYDNEY – His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia paid an archpastoral visit to the Parish of St Nicholas in Marrickville, Sydney, where he officiated during Matins and presided over the Divine Liturgy. The faithful of the parish, among the many young people in traditional Greek costumes, reserved a warm and touching welcome for His Eminence. Expressing their love and respect for their Shepherd, upon his arrival at the church, they welcomed him by tossing rose petals and repeatedly shouting, “we love you” as well as the chant, “worthy”!

In his sermon, he explained the day’s Gospel passage, which describes the Lord’s call to the first four disciples, explaining that the Apostles Andrew, Peter, John, and James abandoned everything to unreservedly follow an unknown man, who spoke to their hearts, and that they understood that this unknown man was the Christ. In his message, he urged the faithful to follow the example of the Apostles and to have confidence and dedication to God’s will in their daily lives. “This is what it is to be a Christian and this is what the four Apostles did who left everything to follow God’s will. And God’s will made them attain the Kingdom of Heaven and they experienced the Kingdom of Heaven not in the future but starting from this life,” he stressed among other things.

Just before the Dismissal of the Divine Liturgy, Archbishop Makarios congratulated and expressed his fervent paternal wishes to the Parish Priest, Very Rev. Archimandrite Christodoulos Economou, who completed 20 years of his vocation. “Twenty years of priesthood means a great deal for a young man,” he said, adding that it was a great joy and blessing for the Holy Archdiocese of Australia to have Fr. Christodoulos by its side. “It is not easy to describe how difficult it is for someone, especially when they are young, to keep themselves spotless,” he emphasised. “That is why when I see clergy like Fr. Christodoulos, and the other fathers who are here, struggling with the difficulties of life, the pressures, the challenges; when I see clergy honouring the cassock that they are wearing, then I am particularly moved. And I glorify God that we have clergy like Fr. Christodoulos and I hope that we acquire even more like him.”

He then called on all the faithful to shout, “worthy” for their parish priest while he wished that he would rise even higher in his service to the Church. He gave him a Gospel “so that it may be a guide along the way and in his later life.”

“What could be more beautiful than to spend the anniversary of your ordination with the Archbishop,” Fr. Christodoulos said in reply, hastening to thank His Eminence for his love and the trust that he has in him. He did not forget to mention the imminent completion of a year since the enthronement of Archbishop Makarios and noted that during this period, His Eminence has accomplished many things, the most important being that he has won the hearts of all the faithful. “We all pray and hope that God will strengthen you in this difficult task that you have to undertake and which is full of obstacles,” he said addressing the Archbishop, then added, “know that where you may buckle, and your heart may even weep, all of the people will be there, lifting you up and strengthening you so that you may proceed for the good of our Archdiocese.”

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