Σάββατο, 21 Μαρτίου 2020




Ref. No: 40/2020
To the Members Holy and Sacred Synod
At their Sees
Your Eminences and Your Graces,
Through this Patriarchal Encyclical Notice, we wish to express to all of you our Paternal concern and support regarding the serious issue of the Corona Virus Pandemic (COVID-19).
Unfortunately, as should not have happened, all of humanity has become witness to an unjust and relentless pandemic, which has cost the lives of thousands of our fellow human beings. Throughout the length and breadth of the world, we now mourn the victims of this disease, which, according to the latest news, we learn has now also reached sub-Saharan Africa.
With a broken heart and tears, night and day, we lift our hands in prayer to the All Merciful Lord, to pity humanity, the works of His hands, to silence the trumpets of the Revelation, and for joy and peace to return to the daily lives of people.
It is now a fact that the world is entering an Apocalyptic era, where no one feels safe, and where the drums of war co-ordinate with cries of “men's hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth” (Luke 21:26).
But as Christians and Shepherds, we do not lose our hope in God. We believe and preach God Almighty, the God of Love and of Mercy. There is only one point that I as your Spiritual Father would like to ask of you. Be close to your flock, comfort and support our fellow Africans, teach them ways of elementary health and cleanliness, because most do not have access to clean water. And, as the situation is serious, I recommend that you comply with the orders and decisions of the countries in which you serve, so that our Holy Church does not become the cause of scandal, but an example of social solidarity and love.
Praying with all my heart that the Lord will grant Grace to your spiritual struggles and bestows on you His rich blessing, I remain with many paternal prayers and Patriarchal blessings.
Fervent intercessor to God

Εγκύκλιο σημείωμα της Α.Θ. Μακαριότητος για τον κορωναϊό Covid-19

Πρός τά Μέλη τῆς Ἁγίας καί Ἱερᾶς Συνόδου
Εἰς τάς Ἕδρας των
Σεβασμιώτατοι καί Θεοφιλέστατοι,
Διά τοῦ παρόντος Πατριαρχικοῦ Ἐγκυκλίου Σημειώματος ἐπιθυμοῦμεν ὅπως ἐκφράσωμεν εἰς ὅλους σας τὴν Πατρική μας ἀγωνία καὶ συμπαράστασιν διὰ τὸ σοβαρὸν θέμα τῆς πανδημίας τοῦ Κορωναϊοῦ, (COVID-19).
Δυστυχῶς, ὡς μὴ ὤφειλε, ὅλη ἡ ἀνθρωπότης γίνεται μάρτυς μιᾶς ἄδικης καὶ ἀδυσώπητης πανδημίας, ἡ ὁποία στοιχίζει τὴν ζωὴ σὲ χιλιάδες συνανθρώπους μας. Σὲ ὅλα τὰ μήκη καὶ τὰ πλάτη τῆς οἰκουμένης πλέον θρηνοῦμε θύματα αὐτῆς τῆς ἀρρώστιας καί ἡ ὁποία, σύμφωνα μὲ τὰ τελευταῖα νέα, ὅπως μαθαίνουμε ἔφτασε καὶ στὴν ὑποσαχάρια Ἀφρική.
Μὲ συντετριμμένη καρδιὰ καὶ δάκρυα, νύχτα καὶ ἡμέρα, ὑψώνουμε χεῖρας ἱκέτιδας πρὸς τὸν Πανοικτίρμονα Κύριο τοῦ Ἐλέους, νὰ λυπηθεῖ τὴν ἀνθρωπότητα, τὰ ἔργα τῶν χειρῶν Του, νὰ σωπάσουν οἱ σάλπιγγες τῆς Ἀποκάλυψης, νὰ ἐπιστρέψουν ἡ χαρὰ καὶ ἡ εἰρήνη στὴν καθημερινὴ ζωὴ τῶν ἀνθρώπων. Εἶναι πλέον γεγονὸς ὅτι ὁ κόσμος εἰσέρχεται σὲ μιὰ Ἀποκαλυπτικὴ ἐποχή, ὅπου κανεὶς δὲν αἰσθάνεται ἀσφαλής, καὶ ὅπου τὰ τύμπανα τῶν πολέμων συντονίζονται μὲ τὶς κραυγὲς «ἀποψυχόντων ἀνθρώπων, απὸ φόβου καὶ προσδοκίας τῶν ἐπερχομένων τῇ οἰκουμένῃ» (Λουκ. κα΄, 26).
Ὅμως, ποτὲ ὡς Χριστιανοὶ καὶ ὡς Ποιμένες δὲν χάνουμε τὴν ἐλπίδα μας πρὸς τὸν Θεόν. Πιστεύουμε καὶ κηρύττουμε Θεὸν Παντοδύναμον, Θεὸν τῆς Ἀγάπης καὶ τοῦ Ἐλέους. Μόνο ἕνα σημεῖο ἐπιθυμῶ, ὡς Πνευματικός Σας Πατέρας νὰ σᾶς παρακαλέσω. Νὰ εἶστε κοντὰ στὸ Ποίμνιο σας, νὰ παρηγορεῖτε καὶ νὰ συμπαραστέκεστε τοὺς ἀδελφούς μας Ἀφρικανούς, νὰ τοὺς διδάσκετε τρόπους στοιχειώδους ὑγειινῆς καὶ καθαριότητος, διότι οἱ περισσότεροι ἐξ αὐτῶν δὲν ἔχουν, ἀλλοίμονο, πρόσβαση οὔτε σὲ καθαρὸ νερό. Καὶ ἐπειδὴ ἡ κατάσταση εἶναι σοβαρή, σᾶς συνιστῶ νὰ συμμορφώνεστε μὲ τὶς ἐντολὲς καὶ ἀποφάσεις τῆς κάθε χώρας ὅπου διακονεῖτε, γιὰ νὰ μὴν γίνει ἡ Ἁγία Ἐκκλησία μας αἰτία σκανδάλου, ἀλλὰ παράδειγμα κοινωνικῆς ἀλληλεγγύης καὶ ἀγάπης.

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