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GREECE - ΕΛΛΆΔΑ

Blessed Pope John Paul II was a pilgrim to Greece in 2001.

Papa Benedict XVI has given a catechesis &/or Totus2us has recordings on the Greeks St Clement of Alexandria, Ss Cyril & Methodius, & the philosophers Aristotle & Plato.

Here below are responses to Totus2us podcasts given by Greeks
- Σας ευχαριστώ πολύ   ♥

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Προσευχές στα ελληνικά

ΤΟ ΡΟΔΑΡΙΟ ΤΟΥ ΘΕΙΟΥ ΕΛΕΟΥΣ        

Father Georgios      

"Mary means everything."

Eastern Church hymn: "What shall we offer you, O Christ, who for our sakes has appeared on earth as a man. Every creature which you have made offers you thanks. The angels offer you a song, the heavens their star, the wise men their gifts, the shepherds their wonder, the earth its cave, the wilderness a manger and we offer you a Virgin Mother.

Father Georgios Dagas chose Monsignor Ettore Mainati at his Man for Others      

"I consider him to be wise because he guided me from the very beginning, he set me completely free and this is exactly what God does with us when we need to take an important decision. And the most important thing is that we're happy with the decision we make otherwise it will never succeed."

Leonidas      

"The Virgin Mary is by far the most important person in the Kingdom of God after Christ. Everything has been given to her and she's the perfect example of her Son within the love of the Father. This is something that both unites the Church with mankind and mankind with the Church. Insofar as our mother Mary was made immaculate, we must realise that this is the greatest gift that humanity can be made, because we all essentially need a spiritual mother who is immaculate in order to be able to live of the fullness of God."

Panayiotis      

"The Virgin Mary is a work of life, life itself, the Mother of Jesus and of everybody else."

Panayiotis gives his something about Mary in English & Greek. Panayiotis has displayed in his shop this very beautiful painting of the Madonna and Child, in honour of which he has also had music composed.

If you'd like to give your something about Mary,
please do get in touch with the Totus2us team

- as well as hopefully bringing you joy,
you'd be really helping Totus2us   ♥

Totus tuus ego sum et omnia mea tua sunt.
Accipio te in mea omnia. Praebe mihi cor tuum, Maria. - St Louis de Montfort

"I am totally yours and all that I have is yours.
I accept you for my all. O Mary, give me your heart.”

Blessed John Paul II took his motto Totus Tuus from this quote.

Pope St John Paul II's reflection on his Jubilee pilgrimage to Greece
General Audience, Wednesday 16 May 2001 - in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese & Spanish

"1. A week ago I concluded my pilgrimage in the footsteps of Saint Paul, which led me to Greece, Syria and Malta. I am pleased today to reflect with you on the event, the final segment of my Jubilee itinerary which took me to the principal places of salvation history. I am grateful to all those who have followed me with their prayer in the unforgettable "return to the sources", from which we draw the freshness of the original Christian experience.

I renew my sentiments of cordial gratitude to the President of the Greek Republic, Mr Kostas Stephanopoulos, for having invited me to visit Greece. I thank the President of the Arab Republic of Syria, Mr Bashàr Al-Assad, and the President of the Republic of Malta, Mr Guido De Marco, who received me so graciously in Damascus and in Valletta.

Everywhere I wished to express to the Orthodox Churches the affection and esteem of the Catholic Church, with the desire that the memory of past sins against ecclesial communion may be fully purified and make way for reconciliation and fraternity. Also, I had the opportunity to reaffirm the sincere and open way in which the Church turns to the believers of Islam, to whom we are united by the adoration of the one God.

I consider it a particular grace to have been able to meet, above all in the places where they exercise their pastoral activity, the Catholic Bishops of Greece, Syria and Malta, and their priests, men and women religious, and many of the faithful. In the footsteps of St Paul, the successor of St Peter was able to strengthen and encourage those Churches, exhorting them to fidelity as well as to openness and fraternal charity.

2. At the Areopagus of Athens, I heard resounding the words of the famous discourse of Paul as reported in the Acts of the Apostles. The passage was read in Greek and in English, and I was moved by the reading of St Paul in the very place where it was first spoken. In fact the Greek language was the common language of the Mediterranean basin at the beginning of the first millennium, much as English is today a global language. The "Good News" of Christ, the revealer of God and the Saviour of the world, yesterday, today and forever, is destined for all the men and women of the earth in accord with his explicit mandate.

At the beginning of the third millennium, the Areopagus of Athens has become in a certain way the "areopagus of the world", from which the Christian message of salvation is presented afresh to all who seek God and are "God-fearing" in accepting the inexhaustible mystery of truth and love.

Particularly, by means of the reading of the "Common Declaration" which, at the end of our fraternal meeting, I signed together with His Beatitude Christódoulos, Archbishop of Athens and of all Greece, an appeal that was made to the nations of the European continent as an appeal not to forget their Christian roots.

Paul's discourse at the Areopagus remains a model for inculturation and as such retains its relevance for our task today. Accordingly, in the Eucharistic celebration with the Catholic community in Greece, I reviewed it recalling the marvelous example of the holy brothers, Cyril and Methodius, natives of Thessalonica. They were inspired by the fidelity and creativity of St Paul's method in their way of preaching the Gospel among the Slavic peoples.  ....

Once again I wished to indicate the way of holiness as the path to be followed by the faithful of the third millennium. On the vast ocean of history, the Church need not fear the challenges and the threats which she meets in the course of her voyage through time if she keeps steering a steady course in the royal channel of holiness, towards which the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000 directed us (cf Novo millennio ineunte, 30).

May it be a reality for all, thanks to the intercession of the Virgin Mary, to whom we turn constantly during the month of May which is consecrated to her. May the Virgin Mary assist every believer, family and community to continue with unhesitating enthusiasm on the path of daily fidelity to the Gospel."