Anniversary of Greek Revolution stirs up great feelings of pride, couldn’t have happened without the Church, says Cypriot Synod

Nicosia, Cyprus, February 11, 2021

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The Holy Synod of the Cypriot Orthodox Church met today under the chairmanship of Archbishop Chrysostomos. The hierarchs dealt with several administrative matters and also issued a lengthy statement in honor of the 200th anniversary of Greek Revolution of 1821.

In the statement, published on Romfea, the bishops praise the faith and love of freedom of the Greeks who rose up two centuries ago and call on the people of Cyprus to have such faith and courage today.

“There are anniversaries that, despite the fact that many centuries have passed since they appeared in history, still make our hearts bleed,” the statement begins. Such are the anniversaries of the fall of Constantinople and of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus. But there are others that create a feeling of unprecedented greatness and pride. Such is the anniversary of the revolution that freed the Greek people from the Ottoman yoke.

On March 25, 1821, “our ancestors were examined before God and the people. They showed their national identity and were found in good order,” the Synod writes.

“March 25 is at the highest peak in our history,” from where you can see the whole history of the Greek race, the statement continues. The nation did not discuss or negotiate its freedom, but rather preferred death to life without freedom.

For the Greeks, the inner freedom of man was paramount, and reflected in the national idea that grew over the course of many centuries. They “considered it their highest obligation to fight to the death for the supremacy of the spirit in the world.” When the time had come to wake from the sleep of slavery, the Greek people “roared like a lion,” write the Cypriot bishops.

The Greek ancestors knew the mighty power of the Turks, and yet they were ready to sacrifice themselves “for the supreme of ideals, freedom, which they knew was always acquired through blood.”

And turning to the Church’s contribution to this great historical moment, the Synod emphasizes that its “contribution to this miracle of the nation’s uprising was admirable and unique,” for it was the Church that preserved the “symbols of the Empire” after it fell to the Turks. “Through these terrible and wanton centuries, it stood as the spiritual and national center of the martyred race.”

“If we exist today as a Greek race, it is because we were preserved by the vestry of the Church all these years,” the bishops affirm. History is “full of bloody vestments” and ruined churches, but for the Greeks, Orthodoxy was the spiritual context in which their national consciousness was expressed, including the hope of redemption.

There would have been no revolution without the Church, the Synod declares. But the revolution must continue today, they write. “Thousands of Greeks in Cyprus are still groaning under slavery and threatened with complete extinction. What other meaning would it have for us to celebrate such an anniversary but the continuation of the struggle for liberation and of our homeland?”

“The indomitable Greek soul of Cyprus, dressed in the purple tunic of martyrdom and wearing the crown of thorns,” was also seen in 1821. And today, although nearly half the Cypriot homeland is occupied and many churches are destroyed, the people of Cyprus still celebrate the anniversary of the Revolution with great solemnity, the Synod writes.

If 400 years of slavery could not demoralize the Greek nation, surely 47 years of Turkish occupation in Cyprus can be overcome by taking an example from the past, the bishops conclude.

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George2/16/2021 10:02 pm
The Greek revolution as well as the American revolution were both orchestrated by Freemasons. How deeply Freemasons were tied in with the Greek and American revolution is easily found through even the simplest of research. The fact that the Church hasn't called this out is troubling. The Greek people are free of the Turkish yoke but look at the spiritual state of their people? They were more devout to God when under the Turkish yoke than now under freedom. To me that is a sign that the revolution was definitely lead by Masons.
Anon2/13/2021 5:46 am
American and Western patriots who are "in the know" often idolize the peoples of the Balkans and wonder why they're so patriotic and nationalistic. Whatever these nations may make up for it material-wealth, as measured by GDP and the like, they more than make up for in spirit. One reason for this is the history of Islamic invasions and occupations of the area. Those ethnics in the Balkans who took pride in their people, religion, culture, etc endured the Ottoman occupation and refused to convert to Islam. Those who weren't as patriotic converted to Islam because they saw it (correctly) as the easier path towards upwards social mobility. Over the course of generations over hundreds of years, it led to a strengthening of the people, with those who favored their people and their religion becoming more representative of their nations. It is for the inverse reason why, E.G., the Nordic countries are bending over backwards to the recent Moslem immigrants-- they never underwent such selective pressures. To anyone in the West reading this, let's look up the peoples of the Balkans for inspiration in these trying times, as the forces of globalism try to subsume us into the homogenized mass of "common humanity"
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