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And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Acts 2:42
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But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33
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An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. Proverbs 18:15
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Honesty and Transparency

Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbour, for we are members one of another. Ephesians 4:25
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Ministry of Love

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15
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Wolves in sheep's clothing

I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Mathew 10:16
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True Bishops with integrity

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True Teachings not fallacies

He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. Titus 1:9
United we conquer, divided we fall.

United we conquer, divided we fall.

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28
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Date: 1/01/2023

Reference Number: 014-2023 01-01-23



By the Grace of God Archbishop of Australia and New Zealand. To all the faithful of our Church in the Grace and peace of our Creator and our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and with my blessings for peace and forgiveness.

My Beloved Brothers and Sisters,

We always welcome the new year with good expectations, wishes and gifts. These are manifestations of love, but also of hope. We need both, as it seems we are stressed. That is why we want others to think of us, to feel the comfort of their love, to live with mental peace and relief. The others ask the same from us. If we are not in a position to offer them, how will we claim them for ourselves? However, apart from our personal problems, there are also the general problems of the world and our country. Unemployment for the young, wars for the interests of the old, discrimination against the young, corruption everywhere, the collapse of morals, hypocrisy and insecurity, injustice for the weak, undermining of institutions, weakening of foundations. And above all, nostalgia for the authenticity of life, for overcoming weaknesses. A whole bunch of bitter and disappointing findings. We too are at the center of these problems for our neighbors. And with us and our families. Of course, technological civilization has made miraculous leaps, which transform our times daily into developed times, with great competitive potential. However, the spiritual part of our culture remains atrophied. And our society is limping. Finally, we feel insecure, angry, troubled. Today's man is struggling to define his identity, his civilization, the wealth of his heritage. The values ​​of our culture are shared by its peoples as a guarantee of their unity. Christianity, in contrast to the secularization of states, cultivates the conscience of the responsible person, prevents fanaticism, and enriches social life. However, while it is recognized by the popular base, it is disputed at the political top. Can we then hope for a correction of the evils? Is there hope for recovery? We determine the conditions of our lives among ourselves. Perhaps we cannot, as a unit, prevent wars and solve major social problems. However, we can pray asking for God's help. Everyone can apply the path of justice and peace in his life. We can even influence our so-called religious leaders, by opposing those who call us "schismatic" or "irregular" or those who tell us that our Mysteries are invalid. We can oppose the "leaflets" that call themselves "newspapers" and are sold to the interests of those who accuse us. Let us try this year.



+ Archbishop of Australia and New Zealand Nektarios




Ελέῳ Θεού Αρχιεπίσκοπος Αυστραλίας καί Νέας Ζηλανδίας. Παντί πληρώματι της εκκλησίας χάριν καί ειρήνη παρά του δημιουργού πάσης της κτίσεως Κυρίου καί Θεού καί Σωτήρος ημών Ιησού Χριστού παρ' ημών δε ευχή καί συγχωρήσῃ.

Ἀγαπημένοι μου Ἀδελφοί,

Ύποδεχόμαστε πάντα τό νέο χρόνο μέ χρηστές προσδοκίες, εὐχές καί δῶρα. Πρόκειται γιά ἐκδηλώσεις ἀγάπης, ἀλλά κι ἐλπίδας. Τίς ἔχουμε καί τίς δυό ἀνάγκη, καθώς φαίνεται πώς εἴμαστε ἀγχωμένοι ἀπό τίς τελευταίες καταστάσεις τῆς χρονιάς. Γι' αὐτό καί θέλουμε νά μᾶς σκέπτονται οἱ ἄλλοι, νά νοιώθουμε τή θαλπωρή τῆς ἀγάπης των, νά ζοῦμε μέ ψυχική γαλήνη καί ἀνακούφιση. Τά ἴδια ζητοῦν καί οἱ ἄλλοι ἀπό ἐμᾶς. Ἄν δέν εἴμαστε σέ θέση νά τούς τά προσφέρουμε, πῶς θά τά ἀξιώσουμε γιά μᾶς; Πέρα ὅμως ἀπό τά προσωπικά μας προβλήματα ὑπάρχουν καί τά γενικότερα τοῦ κόσμου καί τῆς χώρας μας. Ἀνεργία γιά τούς νέους, πόλεμοι γιά τά συμφέροντα τῶν μεγάλων, διακρίσεις σέ βάρος τῶν μικρῶν, διαφθορά παντοῦ, ξεπεσμός τοῦ ἤθους, ὑποκρισία καί ἀνασφάλεια, ἀδικία γιά τούς ἀδυνάτους, ὑπονόμευση τῶν θεσμῶν, ἐξασθένιση τῶν ἐρεισμάτων, ὑποκρισία αὐτῶν πού αὐτοαποκαλούνται «θρησκευτικοί κανονικοί ἡγέτες». Καί πάνω ἀπ' ὅλα νοσταλγία γιά αὐθεντικότητα ζωῆς, γιά ὑπέρβαση τῶν ἀδυναμιῶν. Ὁλόκληρη δέσμη πικρῶν καί ἀπογοητευτικῶν διαπιστώσεων. Καί ἐμείς βρισκόμαστε στο ἐπίκεντρο τῶν διπλανών μας ἀπό τά προβλήματα αὐτά. Καί μαζί μας κι οἱ οἰκογένειές μας. Βέβαια ὁ τεχνολογικός πολιτισμός ἔχει κάνει ἄλματα θαυμαστά, πού μεταμορφώνουν καθημερινά τίς ἐποχές μας σέ ἐποχές ἀνεπτυγμένων, μέ μεγάλες ἀνταγωνιστικές δυνατότητες. Ὅμως τό πνευματικό σκέλος τοῦ πολιτισμοῦ μας παραμένει ἀτροφικό. Καί ἡ κοινωνία μας χωλαίνει. Τελικά νοιώθουμε ἀνασφαλεῖς, ἀνέστιοι, προβληματισμένοι. Ὁ σημερινός ἄνθρωπος ἀγωνίζεται νά προσδιορίσει τήν ταυτότητά του, τήν πολιτισμικότητά του, τόν πλοῦτο τῆς κληρονομιᾶς του. Τίς ἀξίες τοῦ πολιτισμοῦ μας τίς μοιράζονται οἱ λαοί της ὡς ἐγγύηση τῆς ἑνότητάς των. Ὁ Ὀρθόδοξος Χριστιανισμός, στόν ἀντίποδα τῆς ἐκκοσμίκευσης τῶν κρατῶν, καλλιεργεῖ τή συνείδηση τοῦ ὑπεύθυνου προσώπου, ἀποτρέπει τούς φανατισμούς, ἐμπλουτίζει τή κοινωνική ζωή. Ἀλλ' ἐνῶ καταξιώνεται στή λαϊκή βάση, ἀμφισβητεῖται στή δήθεν κανονική θρησκευτική κορυφή. Μπορούμε τάχα νά ἐλπίζουμε σέ διόρθωση τῶν κακῶν; Ὑπάρχει ἐλπίδα ἀνάκαμψης; Τίς συνθῆκες τῆς ζωῆς μας τίς προσδιορίζουμε ἐν πολλοῖς ἐμεῖς. Δέν μποροῦμε ἴσως ὡς μονάδες νά ἀποτρέψουμε τούς πολέμους καί νά λύσουμε τά μεγάλα κοινωνικά προβλήματα. Μποροῦμε ὅμως νά προσευχηθοῦμε ζητώντας τή βοήθεια τοῦ Θεοῦ. Μποροῦμε νά ἐφαρμόσει ὁ καθένας στή ζωή του τό δρόμο τῆς δικαιοσύνης καί τῆς εἰρήνης. Μποροῦμε νά ἐπηρεάσουμε ἀκόμη καί τούς θρησκευτικούς μας ἡγέτες, με τό νά ἐναντιωθούμε σέ αὐτούς ποῦ μᾶς ἀποκαλούν «σχισματικούς» ἤ «ἀντικανονικούς» ἤ σέ αὐτούς ποῦ μάς λένε, ὅτι τά Μυστήριά μας εἴναι ἄκυρα. Μπορούμε να ἐναντιωθούμε στις «φυλλάδες» που αὐτοαποκαλούνται «ἐφημερίδες» και εἴναι πουλημένες στά συμφέροντα αυτών ποῦ μᾶς κατηγορούν. Ἄς το ἐπιχειρήσουμε ἐφέτος.



+ Aρχιεπίσκοπος Αυστραλίας και Νέας Ζηλανδίας Νεκτάριος


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