Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens urged the faithful to abide by the self-protection measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus and sent a special message to healthcare professionals battling at the hospitals, and to the researchers looking for a treatment.
“Our Church is next to you. With you, by your side. She loves all of you and prays for you all”.
We, all the faithful, can turn our homes into churches and pray, uniting our hearts by asking for the immense grace and mercy of God on mankind. Let us feel today, and every day, how we stand together praying; for everyone, patients and doctors; for all of us who have been deprived of the communion of the saints in the Eucharistic Community. Let’s shed tears before our loving and caring God.
Let us “turn every house into a small church”. Because we love God even when we cannot meet Him in His house. Because we love our neighbor. God is everywhere. We meet him everywhere with our prayer.
So, I speak to you as your spiritual father and please keep that in mind. Soon every ordeal will pass. We act responsibly because we love, not because fear knocks at our door. We are looking forward, praying, to Easter. It will come! It won’t be long. And then the whole Creation will shine in the light of Resurrection, joy, hope. Take courage, my dear children! The Lord is with you.” (The above reflection is taken from the Archbishop’s message)
Dear friends, please be encouraged. Please pray for me and I am praying for you everyday at my private Masses at St. Paul’s. Also, I am trying to reach out to you personally over the phone these days. Let us be connected and pray for each other during this difficult time. Thinking of you and praying for you.
Your Loving Pastor
Fr. George Vaniyapurackal