(From the Weekly Metropolis Messenger)

My dear Spiritual Children,

“…that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Phillipians 1:6

As we still celebrate His Resurrection, I greet you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with the beautiful words, “Christ is Risen!” and offer to you my best wishes for a happy and blessed summer.

I wanted to take this opportunity to convey my personal congratulations with paternal love and my hierarchal blessings to all high school and college graduates of our Holy Metropolis of Atlanta. As your Bishop, I am proud of your accomplishments and I congratulate you on achieving this milestone in your life. I know that your families and your parish communities are also very proud of you and I share in the excitement of your achievement. Moreover you have learned from your parents and your Parish family the virtues and values of our Holy Orthodox Faith and our Hellenic heritage, along with the importance of faith and patriotism in our lives.

There are many occasions where we finish one chapter of our lives, and look forward to the beginning of a new one. Yet we should not always be looking back in nostalgia or looking forward with impatience, because the present, each moment is important and a gift from God. Because our way of life, or the direction it takes, depend on the decisions we make in the present. I pray that you will all make good decisions on how to prepare yourselves to contribute to society.

As you begin the next stage, and consider your decisions for the future, I hope that you will never forget your family, your parish family, and most importantly God, and our Savior Jesus Christ. God knows you, and loves you – after all, He created you. You belong to Him. Only within this dynamic and loving relationship will you find who you are and what your purpose is.

St. Paul tells us that we have different gifts but the same Spirit, different ministries but the same Lord, different works by the same God who accomplishes them in everyone. How you will use your gifts, talents and abilities in His service are yet to be determined. In this life, we are certain to encounter problems, difficulties and challenges, but we know that there is nothing that we cannot accomplish, with the help of God, “for with God all things are possible.”

As you go on to a new chapter in your life, whether to continue your education or seek a career, I pray that God will be your guide as you work toward accomplishing your goals. May all your tomorrows be filled with God’s blessings!


Metropolitan of Atlanta


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