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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
Actionable Preaching

Actionable Preaching

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33
Learning about God

Learning about God

An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. Proverbs 18:15
Honesty and Transparency

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
Ministry of Love

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
Wolves in sheep's clothing
False prophets

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
True Bishops with integrity

True Bishops with integrity

But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. Matthew 23:12
True Teachings not fallacies
Following Christ

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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In their respective provinces


My beloved Brothers in Christ,


Christ's resurrection was a victory not only over His death, but over death in general. "We celebrate death with death, Hell with purification. . .». Death as a symbol of decay and submission was defeated. And now of course we humans die physically, but the despair of death has been abolished. All human nature was given the dynamics of the Resurrection. The Resurrection of Christ would be meaningless if it were not a universal achievement, if the whole Body could not be resurrected together with the head. The Apostle Paul says it clearly. "The dead are not raised, neither is Christ" (1 Cor. 16:16).

For all people, the Resurrection is a "correction of nature", which God grants to all. It does not depend on our desire whether we rise after death or not, since we were not born even by our own will. Christ's death and Resurrection bring immortality and incorruption to everyone in the same way, since everyone has the same nature as the Man Jesus Christ. However, accompanying Christ in His passion, the Cross and the Resurrection depends on our will, on our love for Him. And he who does not die with Christ cannot live with Him.

Our participation in the life and death of Christ transforms our life into a community. Its core is the Holy Eucharist, the mystery that constitutes the Church. The members of the ecclesiastical body share life not symbolically and morally, but really. This intake no longer serves the self-preservation of each individuality, but the reciprocal access to life. This life is what we miss today. As last year's Easter is marked by the establishment of a new order of things in the world, the smell of death surrounds us, and restlessness overwhelms us.

Yet. "Christ is risen and life reigns". The Resurrection of Christ strengthens our hopes, guarantees our lives, restores the ruins that evil and sin crumble every day. It highlights the change in our way of being. Our centralization in the Eucharistic community, in the Eucharistic way of being, our self-humbling and our self-surrender in the hands of God is the only way to live resurrected with Christ. The faithful Christian does not consider himself worthy of salvation, he does not have any price for its redemption. God's love, the gifts of the Resurrection are enough for him.


With fatherly love


+ Archbishop of Australia and New Zealand Nektarios


Ἡμερομηνία: 25/03/2023

Ἀριθμός Πρωτοκόλλου: 016-2023 25-03-23



ἅπαντας τοὺς Πανοσ/τους καί Αἰδεσ/τους Ἐφημερίους, τάς Ἱεράς Μονάς, τά Ἱερά Ἡσυχαστήρια, Ἱερά Προσκυνήματα καί Ἱερά Καθιδρύματα τῆς καθ᾿ ἡμᾶς Ἀποστολικῆς Ἱερᾶς Ἀρχιεπισκοπής.

Εἰς τὰς ἕδρας των


Ἀγαπημένοι μου ἐν Χριστῶ Ἀδελφοί,


Ἡ ἀνάσταση Τοῦ Χριστοῦ ὑπῆρξε νίκη ὄχι μόνο ἐνάντια στό θάνατό Του, ἀλλά γενικά πάνω στό θάνατο. «Θανάτου ἑορτάζομεν νέκρωσιν, Ἅδου τήν καθαίρεσιν . . .». Ὁ θάνατος ὡς εἰκόνα τῆς φθορᾶς καί τῆς ὑποταγῆς νικήθηκε. Καί τώρα βέβαια πεθαίνουμε σωματικά οἱ ἄνθρωποι, ἀλλά ἡ ἀπελπισία τοῦ θανάτου καταργήθηκε. Σ' ὅλη τήν ἀνθρώπινη φύση δόθηκε ἡ δυναμική τῆς Ἀνάστασης. Ἡ Ἀνάσταση τοῦ Χριστοῦ θά ἦταν χωρίς νόημα ἄν δέν ἦταν πανανθρώπινο ἐπίτευγμα, ἐάν ὅλο τό Σῶμα δέν μποροῦσε νά ἀναστηθῇ μαζί μέ τήν κεφαλή. Τό λέει μέ σαφήνεια ὁ Ἀπόστολος Παῦλος. «Εἰ νεκροί οὐκ ἐγείρονται, οὐδέ Χριστός ἐγήγερται» (Α´ Κορ. ιε, 16).

Γιά ὅλους τούς ἀνθρώπους ἡ Ἀνάσταση εἶναι μιά «ἀνόρθωσις φύσεως», πού ὁ Θεός παραχωρεῖ σέ ὅλους. Δέν ἐξαρτᾶται ἀπό τήν ἐπιθυμία μας ἄν θά ἐγερθοῦμε μετά θάνατον ἤ ὄχι, ἀφοῦ δέν γεννηθήκαμε κἄν μέ δική μας θέληση. Ὁ θάνατος τοῦ Χριστοῦ καί ἡ Ἀνάσταση φέρνουν ἀθανασία καί ἀφθαρσία σέ ὅλους μέ τόν ἴδιο τρόπο, ἀφοῦ ὅλοι ἔχουν τήν ἴδια φύση μέ τόν Ἄνθρωπο Ἰησοῦ Χριστό. Ὅμως, τό νά συνοδεύσουμε τόν Χριστό στό πάθος Του, στό Σταυρό καί τήν Ἀνάσταση ἐξαρτᾶται ἀπό τήν θέλησή μας, ἀπό τήν ἀγάπη μας γι' Αὐτόν. Καί ἐκεῖνος πού δέν συναποθνήσκει μέ τόν Χριστό δέν μπορεῖ καί νά ζήσει μαζί Του.

Ἡ συμμετοχή μας αὐτή στή ζωή καί στό θάνατο τοῦ Χριστοῦ μεταβάλλει τή ζωή μας σέ κοινωνία. Πυρήνας της εἶναι ἡ Θ. Εὐχαριστία, τό μυστήριο πού συγκροτεῖ τήν Ἐκκλησία. Τά μέλη τοῦ ἐκκλησιαστικοῦ σώματος κοινωνοῦν τή ζωή ὄχι συμβολικά καί ἠθικά, ἀλλά πραγματικά. Αὐτή δέ ἡ πρόσληψη δέν ὑπηρετεῖ πιά τήν αὐτοσυντήρηση κάθε ἀτομικότητας, ἀλλά τήν ὁμότροπη πρόσβαση στή ζωή. Αὐτή ἡ ζωή εἶναι πού μᾶς λείπει σήμερα. Καθώς δέ τό ἐφετεινό Πάσχα σημαδεύεται ἀπό τήν ἐγκαθίδρυση μιᾶς νέας τάξεως πραγμάτων στόν κόσμο, ἡ ὀσμή θανάτου μᾶς περιζώνει, καί ἡ ἀθυμία μᾶς κυριεύει.

Καί ὅμως. «Ἀνέστη Χριστός καί ζωή πολιτεύεται». Ἡ Ἀνάσταση τοῦ Χριστοῦ στεριώνει τίς ἐλπίδες μας, ἐγγυᾶται τή ζωή μας, ἀναστηλώνει τά ἐρείπια πού σωριάζει κάθε μέρα ἡ κακία καί ἡ ἁμαρτία. Προβάλλει τήν ἀλλαγή τοῦ τρόπου τῆς ὕπαρξής μας. Ὁ ἐγκεντρισμός μας στήν Εὐχαριστιακή κοινότητα, στόν εὐχαριστιακό τρόπο ὕπαρξης, ἡ αὐτοταπείνωσή μας καί ἡ αὐτοπαράδοσή μας στά χέρια τοῦ Θεοῦ εἶναι ὁ μόνος τρόπος γιά νά ζήσουμε ἀναστημένοι μέ τό Χριστό. Ὁ πιστός χριστιανός δέν λογαριάζει τόν ἑαυτό του ἄξιο γιά σωτηρία, δέν διαθέτει κανένα ἀντίτιμο γιά τήν ἐξαγορά της. Τοῦ ἀρκεῖ ἡ ἀγάπη τοῦ Θεοῦ, τά δῶρα τῆς Ἀνάστασης.


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