MECC 's Condolences Message on Death of Archbishop Christodoulos
- Greek Orthodox Archbishop Christodoulos, head of the Greek Orthodox Church
of Athens & All Greece passed away on the 29th of January at the age of 69.
MECC General Secretary sent the following message of condolences:
THE HOLY SYNOD
CHURCH OF GREECE
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first
earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I saw the holy city,
new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, made ready as a bride
adorned for her husbandŠ And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes;
and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall
there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (Rev.21:1-4)
It is with great sorrow and grief that I learned of the death of His
Beatitude Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens. The Archbishop passing is a
great loss for Greece, for the Orthodox community and for humanity as a
whole. During his long and intense life of service, both as a spiritual
leader, the Archbishop demonstrated a unique and inspiring moral authority
to the world.
I had the enormous privilege of knowing this great figure. As a Christian, I
have been profoundly moved and touched by his faith, by his love for all,
and by his deep capacity for forgiveness. His Beatitude Archbishop
Christodoulos wielded enormous influence during his tenure as head of the
country's dominant religious group, advocates for the dialogue of love
between the Church of Greece and the Church of Rome, and brought new vigor
to the Orthodox faith in Greece. His disappearance leaves a void in the
hearts of all those, believers and non believers, who have been inspired by
his example of courage and humanity.
In the name of the Presidents of the Middle East Council of Churches, its
Executive Committee members, and me personally, we offer our heartfelt
condolences to the Church of Greece and others around the world that have
been touched and inspired by his life. We will remember him as a man of
great courage and humility, as well as leader of the ecumenical movement and
servant of peace and justice.
We pray God, to receive him into his everlasting kingdom.
Guirguis Ibrahim Saleh
The Middle East Council of Churches (MECC)
Middle East Council of Churches
Office of International Ecumenical Relations P.O. Box 5376, Beirut, Lebanon
Guirgis Ibrahim Saleh, General Secretary mecc@... or