Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Service and Multicultural Affairs, the Honourable Alex Hawke MP, has sent a message to Greek Australians marking Orthodox Easter this week.
In his message, Mr Hawke wished everyone a safe and blessed Easter, and took the “opportunity to acknowledge the contributions Orthodox Christian communities have made to keep our nation safe.”
“I extend my best wishes to all Christians in Australia and around the world who are celebrating Easter in the Orthodox tradition.
This year, Orthodox Easter will be even more joyful as many Australians can now gather to celebrate the most holy Orthodox Christian occasion with their family and congregation. As a community we have overcome many obstacles and I take this opportunity to acknowledge the contributions Orthodox Christian communities have made to keep our nation safe.
Drawing from the Easter message of renewal, sacrifice and reflection – alongside the everlasting promise of forgiveness – I encourage you all to continue demonstrating these values to your wider community.
As a true depiction of the rich cultural and religious diversity with which Australia is blessed, Orthodox Easter sermons will be heard in English, Greek, Macedonian, Serbian, Arabic, Russian, Ukrainian, Amharic, and Romanian.
Wishing you all a safe and blessed Easter.