By Metropolitan Sotirios. We will celebrate again this year the National Holiday of March 25, 1821 withdoxologies, parades, dances, speeches, and with performances. We will honor ourancestors and heroes of the Greek Revolution. We will admire their sacrifices, theirachievements, and their heroism. Within the framework of these celebrations, I inviteyou today to think about what the heroes of 1821 want from us and what ourhomeland Greece expects from each one of us.For those who do not know it, I remind everyone that the first political leader whogoverned a liberated Hellas was Ioannis Kapodistrias, who took office in 1828. Hewas a man faithful to God, honest, sincere, and with a true patriotic love for Greece.Throughout his entire life, and as the foreign minister of Imperial Russia which wasall-powerful at that time, he worked tirelessly for the success of the revolution andthe ultimate liberation of Greece. As the first leader of the newly liberated Greece,which was at that time small in size, he found a situation that was difficult toapprehend. He encountered the reality of poverty, debt, and impoverishment. Alongwith all these, he had to battle selfishness, ambition, stubbornness and anarchywithin the members of his government. It was these passions that ultimately led tohis assassination.Prime Minister Kapodistrias did everything that was in his power for the good ofGreece and its prosperity. Let us take note of this one piece of advice he offered:"With our mouths we should nurse the infection that poisons our country so that itand we may find prosperity ".It will help us a lot to study the history of Greece from 1821 onwards andespecially to pause at the Asia Minor Catastrophe of 1922; the Greek Civil War in thedecade of 1940; and the current situation in Greece today, with the economic crisisthat it now suffers. Is this not an infection of pus that now poisons our country?Should we not, in all these circumstances, think and act in the same manner thatPrime Minister Kapodistrias did? Should not each of us do our part to eradicate thisinfection that is poisoning our homeland, so that it may once again be prosperous andhealthy?The heroes of 1821, Prime Minister Kapodistrias and our homeland, all invite ustoday to help resolve the problems that Greece now faces. The Greeks in Greece andabroad must remain united and act in unison. We must remain faithful to our trueGod, who is Jesus Christ our Lord, and to the ideals of our homeland. Each of us mustbear the proportionate share of the burden. There is no room for selfishness, frivolity,egotism, stubbornness and personal fiefdoms. Our thoughts, actions and our goalsmust all be aimed towards the success and prosperity of our homeland, Greece, sothat it may flourish in peace and glory.Especially we who are privileged to live in this blessed country of Canada – let usnever forget our heroic ancestors, Prime Minister Kapodistrias, our motherland Greeceand what each of them expects from us. Almost nothing else has been left here inCanada, except for our Orthodox Christian Faith, our Holy Orthodox Church and ourpatriotic love for our motherland Greece. Let us remain united and rally around ourChurch. Let us not set up separate fiefdoms here in Canada. Let us respect the lawsof Canada and the Church. Let us live and practice our Orthodox faith and apply inour lives the ideals of our country. Let us teach our children and future generationsour Orthodox Christian Faith, the Greek language and the ideals of our immortal andunique homeland, Greece. Let us strive to live peacefully. Let us act together inunison, progressing ahead and being inspired by the ideals of our homeland and ourOrthodox Faith that leads us to eternal salvation.True Greek and Greek Orthodox Christian: celebrate genuinely the National Greek Holiday of March 25th 1821. Think about the problems that our homeland Greece and Greeks everywhere now encounter, and do your part with sincerity, honourably andcooperatively, to help solve them.
Long live March 25th 1821! Long live immortal Greece! Long live Canada! Longlive freedom and liberty!With fatherly love and fervent blessings
METROPOLITAN ARCHBISHOP SOTIRIOS OF TORONTO.