Today provides the opportunity to reflect on the blessings of liberty. We share this day each year with millions of others who celebrate their Greek heritage and who continue to celebrate the preservation of independence and freedom. Worldwide people will participate in ceremonies, prayers, parades, and family gatherings that will embody the pride, life, liberty and happiness of our Greek roots and to express our gratitude to our forbearers for the freedom that has been advanced to so many.

Today, we also celebrate the Great Feast of the Annunciation of the Theotokos and the blessed memory of the passing of the late Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Church of Australia, His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos. May His memory be eternal.

Each year on March 25, Greeks all over the world celebrate Greek Independence Day, which is a national holiday in Greece.

Today marks the 200th anniversary of Greek Independence Day.

This is when Greeks remember their long struggle against the Ottoman Empire, an effort that eventually leads to Greece’s independence. Today, in fact, marks the beginning of the Greek War for Independence, not the end.

From the Very Reverend Archimandrite Fr Prochoros Anastasiadis

and the Parish Committee

of Saints Raphael, Nicholas & Irene Greek Orthodox Parish and Community of Liverpool and District

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Sts Raphael, Nicholas & Irene Greek Orthodox Church Liverpool & District, Sydney, Australia

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