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Celebrations for the Feast of Hellenic Letters 2012 PDF Print E-mail

Most Reverend Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain , Most-honoured Exarch of Western Europe and Ireland , beloved brother and concelebrant in the Holy Spirit of our Mediocrity Lord Gregorios, grace be with your Reverence and peace from God.

 

 

The feast of the three great beacons of the thrice-sunned Godhead, as the hymn describes them, is an ancient feast of Greek education and literature. For in the Three Hierarchs and their works Christianity and the Greek world meet. Through them human wisdom and knowledge received the gift of the Most-holy Spirit and was raised up and sanctified by Him. Through them divine wisdom put on the cloak of human wisdom, in order that the truth and faith that was proclaimed and revealed through it would be approachable and appealing to humanity.

 

 

Striving to follow the example of the commemorated Three Great Hierarchs the Great and Holy Mother Church of Christ has always served the interests of Greek education and literature, spreading the Greek language and culture through God’s word and teaching to those near and far. This it did vigorously throughout the Byzantine period in the ‘ Patriarchal School ’, as well as by teaching holy writings in the churches and monasteries. It continued to do this during the period following the fall of Byzantium by its support of the educational centres established under the wise Patriarch of Constantinople Gennadios Scholarios, such as the ‘Great School of the Greek People’, the ‘Academy of Mount Athos’, the ‘Trepizond College’, the ‘School of Patmos’, and those of Ioannina, Adianoupolis, Crete, Agrafa. Other notable centres were the ‘ Flanginian School ’ of the holy Church of St George of the Hellenes in Venice , and the ‘ Greek National School ’ which was attached to the holy Church of St George in Vienna . In these schools, many distinguished hierarchs and rhetoricians were instructed and trained, becoming exemplars of wisdom, diligence, morality, virtue and faith. They kept the torch of the Greek language and education alive in times of struggle and adversity, and they bequeathed it for the enlightenment of future generations until this very day, and with it, they have bequeathed to us the duty to continue their work.

 

 

In our day of globalisation, an age similar to that in which the three Hierarchs lived, the Great and Holy Mother Church of Christ continues to fight for the preservation of Greek language and education, with the assistance of the local churches throughout its jurisdiction in Europe and America .

 

 

Therefore I take great joy in congratulating your beloved Reverence, not only for your indefatigable paternal care for the Greek Schools of your sacred Archdiocese and the teachers and pupils that belong to them, but also for always trying in every way and by all possible means to uphold education and to organise events every year in honour of the Three Hierarchs, the patrons of Greek Literature, in all of your parishes and communities of the Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain, and particularly in the Hellenic Centre in London, this year with Prof. Paschalis Kitromelides as the main speaker.

 

 

I give you my paternal and Patriarchal blessing for your efforts, as well as those clergy and laity who work with you, calling upon the potent intercessions of the Three Hierarchs for you all, and especially for young pupils and students and their teachers in the schools of the sacred Archdicoese of Thyateira and Great Britain .

 

 

21st January 2012

 

 

 

Your Beloved Brother in Christ,

 

Vartholomaeos I,

 

Archbishop of Constantinople .

 
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