September 21, 2022
To the Clergy and the Faithful of the Metropolis of Atlanta:
My Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,
I greet you with love and joy in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
September 2022 marks one hundred years since the Asia Minor Catastrophe, and especially when the city of Smyrna was set on fire during the final stages of the Greco-Turkish War. During the 9 days the fire was allowed to burn (from September 13th to the 22nd) hundreds of thousands of Greek and Armenian citizens were forced to evacuate their homes. Living in these harsh conditions, many atrocities were committed against them by the Ottoman Army. Though no official totals exist, historians believe that up to 125,000 deaths were the final result of this terrible event, while millions more were forced to flee.
Therefore, remembering our responsibility as Orthodox Christians and Hellenes, I prayerfully request that a Trisagion be offered in all our communities on this Sunday, September 25th, 2022. In offering these special petitions, we honor the souls of those senselessly slaughtered because of their faith and heritage
May this Trisagion not only invoke God's blessings upon those victims, but strengthen our resolve to live as free people, worshipping our Lord and God in a peaceful society. I remain,
+ A L E X I O S
Metropolitan of Atlanta
Διάκονος: Ἔτι δεόμεθα ὑπὲρ μακαρίας μνήμης καὶ αἰωνίου ἀναπαύσεως πάντων τῶν ὑπό τῶν Τούρκων βαρβαρικῷ τῷ τρόπῳ ἀναιρεθέντων, ὡς καὶ πάντων τῶν βιαίως ἐκριζωθέντων ἐκ τῶν πατρογονικῶν αὐτῶν ἑστιῶν κατά τήν ἐν ἔτει 1922 Καταστροφήν εἰς Μικράν Ἀσίαν, καὶ ὑπέρ τοῦ συγχωρηθῆναι αὐτοῖς πᾶν πλημμέλημα ἑκούσιόν τε καὶ ἀκούσιον.
Deacon: Again we pray for the blessed memory and eternal rest of all those who heroically fought and fell for the defense of the faith and their ancestral homes during the barbaric attack, persecution and expulsion of the Greeks by the Turks in 1922 in Asia Minor; for all those who perished in any way and for the forgiveness of their sins, both voluntary and involuntary.