Hon Dr Geoff Lee MP sends Easter message for Greek Orthodox Australians

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The Hon Dr Geoff Lee MP sent an Easter message to members of the Greek Orthodox community in Australia, ahead of the Greek Easter this weekend.

The acting Minister for Multiculturalism wished every Greek Orthodox Christian a “blessed and safe Orthodox Easter”. The MP recognised this weekend as an important time of year for Orthodox Christians, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Referencing the difficulty of celebrating this Holy date during a time of crisis, he asked Orthodox Christians to “draw strength from the teachings of Jesus”.

“Easter is traditionally spent with family, friends and loved ones but this year will be different because of COVID-19,” the minister says in his message.

“I want to thank you for staying home and keeping our loved ones safe, especially our parents and grandparents.

“Our actions this Easter will save lives and they will help us be able to celebrate together again next year.”

Read the full message in English and Greek below:

Orthodox Easter 2020

I would like to wish everyone a blessed and safe Orthodox Easter. This is an important time of the year for many Orthodox Christians who celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Easter is traditionally spent with family, friends and loved ones but this year will be different because of COVID-19. Being physically apart and changing our Easter traditions will be difficult but in the spirit of Easter, Orthodox Christians are able to draw strength from the teachings of Jesus who offered hope and healing and who embodies the joy found in sacrificial generosity.  

I want to thank you for staying home and keeping our loved ones safe, especially our parents and grandparents.

Our actions this Easter will save lives and they will help us be able to celebrate together again next year.

I wish you and your loved ones a safe and blessed Orthodox Easter.

Dr Geoff Lee MP

Ορθόδοξο Πάσχα 2020

Θα ήθελα να ευχηθώ σε όλους ένα ευλογημένο και ασφαλές Ορθόδοξο Πάσχα. Αυτή είναι μια σημαντική εποχή του χρόνου για πολλούς Ορθόδοξους Χριστιανούς που γιορτάζουν την Ανάσταση του Ιησού Χριστού.

Παραδοσιακά, το Πάσχα το περνάμε με την οικογένεια, φίλους και αγαπημένα πρόσωπα αλλά φέτος θα είναι διαφορετικό λόγω του ιού COVID-19. Η αλλαγή των παραδόσεων του Πάσχα καθώς και ο προσωπικός διαχωρισμός θα είναι πολύ δύσκολα αλλά μέσα από το πνεύμα του Πάσχα, οι Ορθόδοξοι Χριστιανοί είναι σε θέση να αντλήσουν δύναμη από τα διδάγματα του Ιησού ο οποίος προσέφερε ελπίδα και επούλωση που ενσωματώνουν τη χαρά που βρίσκεται στην τόσο γενναιόδωρη θυσία του.

Θα ήθελα να σας ευχαριστήσω που έχετε παραμείνει στα σπίτια σας και διαφυλάσσετε ασφαλή τα αγαπημένα σας πρόσωπα, ειδικότερα τους γονείς και παππούδες μας.

Οι πράξεις μας, αυτό το Πάσχα θα σώσουν ζωές και θα μας βοηθήσουν να μπορέσουμε να γιορτάσουμε πάλι μαζί το Πάσχα τον επόμενο χρόνο.

Εύχομαι σε εσάς και στα αγαπημένα σας πρόσωπα ένα ασφαλές και ευλογημένο Ορθόδοξο Πάσχα.

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