My Beloved Ones,
I consider myself blessed by almighty God to have had the opportunity to relive our Lord’s sacred Passion and His Glorious Resurrection in my spiritual birthplace; that is the Monastery of Vatopedi, where, in 1963, I was tonsured a monk, thereafter a deacon, and then a priest. It was indeed a blessing to visit there again, and I would like thank His All-Holiness our Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for issuing his permission for my visit.
Having returned to our Metropolis and faced once again with the reality of the society in which we live, I continue to think on the celebrations that commemorated the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ, remembering His last days on earth—and of course, the Resurrection.
In particular, I am focused on the Resurrection, which is the most important thing that our Almighty God, through His Son Jesus Christ, has offered to the human race.