Did you know? The Bishop of Kythira and Ᾱntikythira, Metropolitan Seraphim, was tried for violating the ban of all Liturgical Services during the second half of March 2020, due to the measures of the Covid pandemic, following an Encyclical of the Holy Synod.
According to the daily Kathimerini, on Friday, March 20, 2020, Metropolitan Seraphim of Kythira opened the doors of the Metropolis Church of “Christ Crucified” of the capital of Kythira, and invited the faithful to the service of the Salutations, which he performed normally, despite the relative ban, with the church bells ringing inviting the faithful to attend the church, which was also prohibited.
The Mayor of the city, who opposes the Metropolitan, in a statement pointed that no one is above the law of the state.
Well, on Tuesday November 22, 2022, Metropolitan Seraphim was tried and declared innocent. The trial was over in 15 minutes. The prosecutor proposed acquittal, while the president of the Court addressed the Metropolitan of Kythira as “Most excellent Eminence”. When the acquittal was announced, the audience applauded.
Metropolitan of Piraeus Seraphim also testified as a defense witness at the trial. When the trial began and defense lawyers were introduced, the presiding judge reportedly told them: “You are honored by this defense.”
The people are at the side of this respected shepherd, who continues, as the new Markos Eugenikos, to hold high the banner of Orthodoxy, filling the flock with faith and optimism, and making their hearts full of joy!
On November 15, 2022, Metropolitan Seraphim issued the following encyclical, which we translated for you our readers, in which he openly and directly condemns the pan-heresy of ecumenism, the only Greek Orthodox Hierarch who dared to do it.