Greece’s decision to declare its independence from the genocidal Ottoman Turks on March 25, 1821 was both decisive and intentional. It was an acknowledgement that God’s help would be needed to succeed in its struggle, and in choosing the Feastday of the Annunciation as the day to commence its liberation, Metropolitan Germanos of Patra was acknowledging that the intercessions of the Most Holy Theotokos (Mother of God) would be essential to its success. Patriarch Gregory V of Constantinople paid with his life by being hung on Easter Sunday (Great and Holy Pascha) from the gate of the Phanar, after being accused of complicity in Greece’s declaration.
The struggle to preserve our faith and culture of the Hellenic peoples continues to this day in recognition that, not only did more than 4 million Greeks perish under Turkish genocide, but oppressive genocidal policies continue to be in force today.
The Greek American community of Wilmington, DE, together with Hellenes and Philhellenes of the greater Delaware Valley are united in opposing every form of oppression, genocide and persecution, wherever it may be found.
Apolytikion of Annunciation of the Theotokos
Today marks the crowning of our salvation and the revelation of the mystery before all ages. For the Son of God becomes the son of the Virgin, and Gabriel proclaims the grace. Wherefore, we also cry out with him, “Hail, O full of grace, the Lord is with you.” (Fourth Tone)
Kontakion of Annunciation of the Theotokos
To you, Theotokos, invincible Defender, having been delivered from peril, I, your city, dedicate the victory festival as a thank offering. In your irresistible might, keep me safe from all trials, that I may call out to you: “Hail, unwedded bride!” (Plagal of the Fourth Tone)