Metropolitan Dorotheos II of Syros and Tinos travelled from Syros to Tinos, and welcomed today Prior of Xeonophontos monastery Archim. Alexios and Prior of Pantrokratoros monastery Archim. Gabriel, who made a pilgrimage visit.
Metropolitan Dorotheos welcomed and thanked them on behalf of the Administrative Committee of the Holy Foundation. He stated that “you travelled from the Garden of the Virgin Mary in Mount Athos to the Garden of the Virgin Mary in the Aegean,” and wished them strength and courage to continue their pastoral and spiritual work by the side of the brotherhoods.
On his part, Elder Alexios pointed out that there are three divine appearances that have consolidated our faith. The first is the appearance of the Archangel to Joseph, when the Archangel told him about the divine origin of the Virgin Mary’s child; the second was the appearance of Christ to Apostle Paul when Apostle Paul, who was a great persecutor, was converted into the great Apostle of the Nations, and the third was the appearance of the Holy Cross to Saint Constantine, Equal-to-Apostle, whose memory is celebrated today.
All these three appearances make us turn our eyes to heaven and, with the help of God, we can lead the path.