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Day of Remembrance of the Pontic Greeks Genocide of Asia Minor

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Χριστός ανέστη! Αληθώς ανέστη!
Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!
ХристосВоскрес! Воистину Воскрес!

Day of Remembrance of the Pontic Greeks Genocide of Asia Minor
May 19th of each year

Saint Paisios the Athonite said:
«Holy Arseny Cappadocian (November 10) said in Farasah believers that they will lose the fatherland, but soon again get it.»

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”Can we read the signs of the times? ..Our times say something which is very worrying: while centuries back the Christian Church proclaimed its message in a credible, acceptable way, while people who heard the message did receive it and believed it, it seems that our message reaches only the few. It is not because the truth has changed, or because we must preach another Gospel than the integrity of the Gospel of Christ. … And here, we must read the signs of the times. The times, the people around us, the world is standing in judgement over us.” (Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh)

Saint Paisios the Athonite predicted that:
Know that Turkey will collapse. There will be war two and a half years. We shall be victorious because we — Orthodox.
(The Turks) will be destroyed. They will be eradicated because they are a nation that was built without God’s blessing. One third of the Turks will go back to where they came from, the depths of Turkey. One third will be saved because they will become Christians, and the other third will be killed in this war.”
Turkey will be dissected. This will be to our benefit as a nation. This way our villages will be liberated, our enslaved homelands. Constantinople will be liberated, will become Greek again. Hagia Sophia will open again,”
Greece in no way be affected, because God loves it. In Asia Minor, we had a lot of relics. On each piece of land you will find relics. Take the Hagia Sophia and the gates will open. These gates nobody knows … we shall see, however, what will?
“As long as there is faith and hope in God, a lot of people will rejoice. All that will happen in these years. The time has come.”

Αγία Σοφία Τραπεζούντας-Айя-София, Трабзон6_

Last Words before death: A Final letter
Alexandros Akritidis, tradesman of Trapezounta (Trabzon)

1921 7pm, 5 Sunday
My beloved Clio,

Today in prison virtually all of us, from different regions, undertook mass and holy communion. It has been decided that we are all to be killed by hanging. Tomorrow 60 of us including 5 from Trapezounta will be taken to the gallows for execution.

On Tuesday I will no longer be alive. May God claim the skies and give you His blessing and patience so that you don’t encounter any more hardship.

When you learn about this deplorable event, do not spoil the world, have patience.
The children must continue to play and dance. I hope you can organise things as you know best.

Let my dear Theodore undertake the fatherly duties and not do wrong to any of the other children. Yergon should finish his schooling and become a good citizen. He can take Gianni to work with him. Of the little ones, send Panagioti to school, and Valentini must learn to sew. Do not leave Fofo from beside you for as long as you live.

To Stathis I give me best wishes and his obligation to you, to fulfil all the family duties that I would normally do without pay.

To Priest Simeon may he keep me in his memory for as long as he lives. Give 5 liras to Filoptochon, 5 liras to Merimnan and 5 liras to Lykasti’s school May all my brothers and sisters in law forgive me, as well as all my siblings and friends.

Goodbye, I go to our father and may you all forgive me.


Al. G. Akritidis

Source: The Brotherhood of Kromni Kalamaria, Greece
‘Living Memories of Pontus’ Merimnas Pontion Kirion, Thessaloniki, Greece 1988
page 196, translated from Greek



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