DELEGATION OF THE HELLENIC AIR FORCE UNDER MR BLIOUMIS VISITS THE PATRIARCHATE
At noon on Sunday, October 11th / 24th, 2021, a Hellenic Air Force Delegation was led by its Vice-Admiral, George Blioumis, while in Israel for cooperation in the Aviation field, visited the Patriarchate.
The Chief and members of the delegation, Colonel Georgios Petrou, Defence Attaché, Commander Theodoros Tsiros, Squadron Nicolaos Papayannis, Lieutenant Commander, 2nd Lieutenant Euphrosyni Liarokapi, Secretary of the Defence Attaché and Warrant Officer Ioannis Karvounis, Secretary of the Defence Attaché, accompanied by the Defence Attaché of the Embassy and the Consul General of Greece in Jerusalem Mr Evangelos Vlioras, were received by H.H.B. our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos and Geronda Secretary-General His Eminence Archbishop Aristarchos of Constantina, Dragoman Archimandrite Mattheos and Archdeacon Mark.
In this meeting, His Beatitude expressed His joy and respect for the visit, especially during this time of the pandemic and it becomes encouraging for the mission of the Patriarchate and the Brotherhood, who are the guardians of the treasures of Orthodoxy and our Nation in the Holy Land. His Beatitude wished for the protection of the Holy Sepulchre in the mission of the Hellenic Air Force for the protection of our country.
Thanking for this appreciation and His Beatitude’s wishes, Colonel Blioumis said this visit is the paying off debt to the Patriarchate by the Hellenic Air Force, because he considers the Patriarchate the trustee of the cultural principals of our nation and guardian of peace in the Holy Land, and explained that the Hellenic Air Force protects it, based on the principles of training, experience and technology.
In remembrance of this visit, Mr Blioumis offered His Beatitude the emblem of the Hellenic Air Force, “αἰέν συγκρατεῖν”, expressing the attitude of the force as “deterrent, defensive, for peace security”, the four-star board of the leader and a calligraphic pen.
His Beatitude offered Admiral Blioumis an icon of the Theotokos of Gethsemane and of the renovated Sacred Edicule and a pectoral cross, and blessings from Jerusalem for the members of the Delegation.
Accompanied by Elder Dragoman Archimandrite Mattheos and Mr Evangelos Vlioras, the Delegation visited the Holy Sepulchre for veneration and they were all welcomed by Geronda Sacristan, His Eminence Archbishop Isidoros of Hierapolis. The Delegation and Mr Vlioras finally visited the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem and the God-receiving Cave, where they were welcomed by the Assistant Patriarchal Representative, Archimandrite Polykarpos.