Athens, February 4, 2021
Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens presided over the official presentation of the medal of the Church of Greece for the bicentennial of the Greek revolution of 1821 at the Hall of the Holy Synod in Athens yesterday.
During his greeting, the Archbishop expressed the deep emotion of the hierarchs of the Church of Greece for the realization of this symbolic ceremony. The medal will be awarded to individuals and organizations for their contribution to the Greek nation, which won its independence from the Ottoman Empire in the Greek revolution, reports the official site of the Orthodox Church of Greece.
“In other words, it is given to those who worthily represent among us the continuation of selflessness and merit that the Triune God has breathed into the founders and fathers of the modern Greek state,” the Greek primate explained.
The medal depicts the Most Holy Theotokos together with several Greek New Martyrs.
The Archbishop also recalled that this anniversary year was dedicated by the Church of Greece to the New Martyrs of the Turkish Yoke who gave their lives for their faith in Christ and for the love of their Greek homeland.
Thus, the Church’s new medal is a “symbolic link of yesterday with today, of our ancestors with our consciousness, of the historical truth with the God-guarded future that we have following in their footsteps,” the Archbishop said. By the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Church of Greece has forged an “ore of reverence for those who confessed Christ, and an ore of honor for those who continue to glorify Hellenism today and to represent it with brilliance in the universe.”