Piraeus, Greece, April 23, 2019
In a diocese of the Greek Church particularly known for its strict stands for the purity of the Orthodox faith, an abundant outpouring of love in the form of material aid to those who are suffering is also a common occurrence.
The Piraeus Diocese, headed by His Eminence Metropolitan Seraphim, continued its “Parcels of Love” tradition this Lenten season, handing out 7,500 packages of food and essential items to local citizens facing significant problems and difficulties in life, reports Romfea.
In his welcome speech during the event on April 19, His Eminence noted that the holy Lenten season calls upon all of us to participate in the Lord’s Passion, sacrifice, and love, emphasizing that “we cannot say that we love God if we do not show our love in practice for our fellow citizens.”
The Director General of the soccer club Olympiakos, Christina Tsiligiri, also gave Met. Seraphim a check for more than $11,000 (10,000 euros) towards the diocese’s charity work.
Meanwhile, His Eminence Metropolitan Gabriel of Nea Ionia and Philadelphia helped to distribute 400 “parcels of love” from Church of St. George in Nea Ionia today. The packages contained food and other essential items donated by the Archdiocese of Athens’ Apostoli social ministry and several businesses and organizations.
Through the network it has established, the Metropolis of Nea Ionia and Philadelphia distributes more than 1,500 rations daily and cares for more than 700 families.
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