His Beatitude Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece blessed and cut the Vasilopita at the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece on Friday, 29 December 2023, in the Great Synodical Hall.
The Representative of the Office of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Athens, His Eminence Metropolitan Theodoritos of Laodicea, the Representative of the Patriarchate of Alexandria in Athens, His Eminence Metropolitan Georgios of Guinea, the Exarch of the Holy Sepulchre in Athens, Archimandrite Raphael, many Metropolitans of the Church of Greece, the Chief Secretary of the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece, Archimandrite Ioannis Karamouzis, the Protosyncellus of the Holy Archdiocese of Athens, Archimandrite Varnavas Theocharis, the secretaries of the Synodal Committees, clergy and lay employees of the Administrative Services of the Church were among the attendees.
In his speech, the Archbishop of Athens said: “In this gathering, as we mark the start of the new year, our hearts are heavy with the national sorrow over the tragic events of recent days. Our prayers and deepest condolences are with the affected families, seeking solace and comfort for their immense loss. May God grant our nation and its people love, resilience, good health, fortitude, unity, and enlightenment. It is our collective wish that each individual among us may play a part in advancing the endeavours of the Church for the betterment of all.”
Subsequently, the clergy and lay employees of the offices of the Holy Synod wished the Archbishop all the best for the beginning of the new year.