Our Metropolitan Clement of Larissa and Platamon about penitential period of Great Lent and the attitude to the war

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Since we are going through very difficult times in humanity, both because of the so-called pandemic and the war that has broken out between Russia and Ukraine, what we urge the devout faithful of our Flock in Christ is prayerful vigilance, the best repentance, the experience of renewal in the Holy Spirit, the cultivation of virtues, especially charity and forgiveness, the avoidance of judgment and condemnation, and especially the increase of prayer and fasting. The penitential period of Great Lent, which by the grace of God we are passing through, gives us the opportunity to apply all the above in as best and most diligent a form as possible.

Especially with regard to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, we as the Church of the Genuine Orthodox Christians of Greece do not take a position in favour of one or the other, because the war and what precedes, occurs and follows it are full of evil, horror and inhumanity. It is of little importance from a spiritual point of view who is more just or unjust. What causes wars is one and only one thing: sin, in its various and sundry forms. Only repentance will prevent the expansion of war, which is visible and now threatens all mankind.

For this reason, we call upon our faithful in the Holy Diocese of Moravia to refrain from any public statement, action or movement, which openly takes a position in favour of one or the other of the opponents in this war, and especially when it is done in the name of the Holy Diocese of Moravia or our Church of the Genuine Orthodox Christians of Greece. Everyone is free to have and maintain his personal views, but we do not recommend the dissemination of these among the faithful, and even in church places on the occasion of liturgical meetings, in order to avoid tensions, disagreements and divisions.

We wish that the Lord and our God Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, may be merciful and send down the mercies of His charity to all those who suffer grievously from the terrible effects of the destructive war, and also that a generalization of this war, which would be disastrous for humanity, may be prevented.

 

With paternal wishes and blessing

+ The Metropolitan of Larissa and Platamon Clement
Administrator of the Holy Diocese of Moravia

Larissa, Greece, 8/21-3-2022

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