Enthronement Speech of Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos
Below is an excerpt from the enthronement speech of the new Archbishop of Athens and All Greece. The full English translation of the text can be found at http://www.oodegr.com/english/ekklisia/ierarxes/enthr_log_ierwn1.htm and is well worth reading. This portion of the speech is directed at the youth but certainly crosses over to all the faithful, young and old alike.
"My beloved children, I want us to meet personally. So, I am proposing to found a kind of Archbishop’s youth council, so that we can get together, I can listen to your issues personally and we can work together in building the tomorrow that you deserve and that we are obliged to secure for you."
"What I mainly desire is to listen to you, rather than you listen to me. And you should also make your presence felt and your words evident in the life of our Church. I will try to be open with you and transparent, so that behind me can be seen the Crucified leader of Life – the only One Who loves so much, that no-one can resist His love..
And something more. The Church is your home. When you see it ablaze on account of our negligence or unworthiness, do not stand aside and exercise easy criticism. Come in, so that we may salvage whatever we can of the precious treasure of our spiritual inheritance. Come to your home, so that we can together renew and renovate it."
- Imagine a hierarch who wants to listen to the people, and who doesn't have the attitude of "the people can't tell me what to do."
- Imagine a hierarch anxious to resolve problems face-to-face, instead of threatening excommunication, and in some cases following through with his threat.
- Imagine a hierarch who strives to be open and transparent instead of hiding behind the lies of his assigned minions.
- Imagine a hierarch who believes he has an obligation to secure our future as opposed to securing his agenda.