A student who survived the Tempi car accident became an archimandrite

A student who survived the Tempi car accident became an archimandrite

The car accident of Tempi, brought him closer to God. Makarios Liakopoulos, was one of the students in the tragic car accident that shook the whole of Greece, on April 13, 2003. In the valley of Tempi, 21 of his classmates had lost their lives.

On Palm Sunday morning, the Metropolitan of Veria, Naoussa and Campania, Mr. Panteleimon, officiated and preached the divine word in the Holy Church of Agioi Anargyroi of Veria.

During the Divine Liturgy the Metropolitan ordained him an elder Father Makarios Liakopoulos which in the end he proceeded to Archimandrite.

He is the young man who had become a monk and a deacon, dedicating his life to God, after surviving the tragic accident of April 13, 2003, which deprived the lives of 21 of his classmates.

At the end of the Divine Liturgy, the traditional ceremony of the Poor was performed and the relevant wish of the Church for the feast was read.


«Εὐλογημένος ὁ ἐρχόμενος ἐν ὀνόματι Κυρίου».

The applause of the Jews who gather at the entrance of the Holy City to see Christ, as they had heard that he raised the four-day-old Lazarus from the dead, vibrates the atmosphere.

“Εὐλογημένος ὁ ἐρχόμενος…”. The Jews were waiting for the Messiah, and now they believed that they had found him in the person of Christ, whom they glorified. But they had a wrong impression of the Messiah. They were waiting for him as a secular king who would liberate them from the Romans and give them back the glory they had been deprived of. That is why they accept him triumphantly. That is why they call him blessed and their king.

But it will not be long before they change their minds. It will not be long before they turn the’ssanna into oὐa. They will not be late instead of praising him and asking for his crucifixion. It will not take long for them to remember his good deeds and miracles, to be indifferent to them and to want his punishment.

Many attribute the change in the attitude of the Jews towards Christ to the psychology of the mob, which easily believes, where it gets carried away and then becomes frustrated.

Ἀσφαλῶς ὀφείλεται και σέ αὐτήν. It is also due to the fact that the Jews did not understand who was watching Christ and what was his mission in the world of the Messiah. They wanted a Messiah by their own standards, and they had forgotten that the Messiah they were waiting for would be seen as the Savior of mankind from sin and fall. He would be the one who would restore their relationship with God and relieve people of the burden of obedience and alienation from the Creator God who crushed and crushed them.

For this reason, when they found out that Christ did not observe the one they wrongly thought, they changed their attitude, and their enthusiasm became frustration and anger.

This change is not as strange as it seems to us. Because the Jews who accept Christ today are not the only ones who have changed their attitude towards him. Before them, others had changed their attitude towards him.

He was the rich young man, who asked him how he would gain eternal life; and when Christ told him how he should sell his possessions and follow him “with sorrow.

When the Gadarenes, after the treatment of the demon-possessed and the destruction of the herd of pigs, asked him to leave the borders of his city. When they heard him speak to them of the mystery of the Holy Communion and of his communion in his body and of his soul, they were offended, and departed, that he might ask his twelve disciples if they would come near him.

But many times we, my brothers and sisters, are in the same situation, when we repeatedly state that we want to live close to Christ, we want to live the life in Christ, but we want to live it as we like, not as we should. We want to adapt Jesus to our means, to our potential, and not to follow His commands and live according to them. That is why, when we decide and we promise, then we are disappointed, we declare our weakness and we repeat with the speech of the guest in the parable of the Great Supper “please have me with you”. And all this because, as I said, we want a Christ in our measure, a Christ not our savior and redeemer but adapted to our weaknesses.

But it is not possible to follow Christ in this way. Christ wants us completely devoted to his will and commands, and then he transforms us and changes us, He gives us the “good alteration” of our soul and transforms us into vessels of His grace.

You will feel this “good alteration”, the “alteration of the right hand of the Most High” as well, as the Holy Spirit will descend in a little while to transmit to you through the hands of your Bishop will heal your divine Grace ἀναπληρώσει τά ἐλλειποντα,⁇ στε νά καταστεῖς ἄξιος οἰκονόμος τῶν μυστηρίων τοῦ Χριστοῦ και τῆς Ἐκκλησίας.

Christ will offer you His grace, without which we humans can do nothing.

Offer him with all your absolute devotion, your love, your obedience to his will, your obedience to the Church, the purity of your soul and body. Offer him your trust in his love and your will to serve him faithfully and to shepherd with a sense of responsibility the rational sheep which he will entrust to you through his Church.

You dedicated your existence to him a few years ago and he made you his minister. You served him with fidelity and consistency and he will make you a little economist of his mysteries.

Receive this gift, receive the grace of the Priesthood with humility, and strive with zeal and determination to appear worthy of the gift. Because the path of Priesthood is uphill and painful and you should always have in mind that you will live moments like those where our Lord lived during his earthly life. Moments when people will applaud and praise you, and moments when they will judge and criticize you.

But if you always look to Christ, if you take care to serve him faithfully and obediently to his will, then you will have nothing to fear. You will be able to rest in the shadow of the Cross and have that support and refuge in the difficult moments of your life, a companion and companion in your ministry.

And together with Christ you will have all the clergy of our Holy Diocese, your Bishop and all the fathers and relatives who pray for you today, this great moment of your life.

And I ask the grace of God that you will receive in a little while to guide you in your ministry and to make you always a worthy steward of the mysteries of God and a worker of the salvation of men.

[inveria] [ethnos]

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