The words that come to us from St. Paul, in today’s reading from the Letter to the Romans, serve as a guide for our daily lives. He encourages us to make good use of the gifts that God has given us, and shows us how to offer our love effectively, for the benefit of both ourselves and others
Following the proposal of our Modesty and the subsequent canonical election by the Holy and Sacred Synod of our Apostolic Throne, you were recently elected Bishop of the ancient Episcopal See of Eudokia, and thus today, in the Holy Church of Saint Alypius in Attaleia, you will receive the grace of Archpriesthood.
Today is a truly historical day for our local Church, and this is not an exaggeration. Just 100 years ago, the last Assistant Bishop Meletios of Patara was appointed in Antalya, and he became a historical ecclesiastical Personality, an excellent Hierarch of the Ecumenical Throne.
In our reading from the Letter to the Romans, St. Paul lays before us two basic truths, which are of particular interest for us today. The first, is that we should desire and seek the salvation of our people with all of our hearts.