We are restoring the truth, as eyewitnesses and in-house witnesses, for the event of Agia Paraskevi Eordea, with the priest and the lady wearing the mask
OPEN LETTER TWELVE (12) ΛΑΪΚΩΝ
As eyewitnesses and eyewitnesses of the event that took place in the Monastery of Agia Paraskevi of Milochori Eordea with the lady who wore the mask, with a sense of responsibility we submit the following:
We express our sorrow for the great misinformation that took place against the hieromonk of the Monastery, Pi. Ignatius. Most news sites and media, throughout Greece, light-hearted and without a trace of journalistic ethics republished, raw, a false report from the local site "Kozanimedia".
The basics they had to do, first, was to cross-reference the complaint made and not to present it as a fait accompli. Even some local media did not even bother to get a testimony from someone present, and without the existence of any audiovisual document, relied on, exclusively, to the complaint on behalf of the lady with the mask and in fact not of the woman herself but of her daughter, which, notable, was not present in the Temple!
And since, Well, was dragged and slandered in Greece by Fr.. Ignatius, some channels came, afterward, at the Monastery to interview him.
So we restore the truth, and only the truth, something that can be confirmed by many other pilgrims who were present at that time inside the Monastery.
Father Ignatius did indeed address this lady at some point, but he spoke to her respectfully, love and kindness. He asked her to take off her mask or go outside the Temple, explaining to her that the use of the mask is more suited to the carnival period and that it is disrespectful to wear it in the House of God, because it is like questioning the Divine Grace that overshadows the whole Temple. He did not call it a "carnival", nor did he tell her that "the Temple is mine". In fact, as soon as he saw her waving his finger at him and telling him, with a divisive style, "You can not get me out of the Temple", did not insist, but entered the sanctuary.
To note, also, that this lady did not stand in the back of the Temple, where are the positions of women, but went ahead and stood in the main corridor, a few meters before the Holy Step. The "commissioner" who approached the elderly woman was not a commissioner but one of the chanters of the Temple - and one of the signatories of this text - and politely told her, literally, The following: "Do not take off the mask, but do not speak ". He did not tell her to leave the church, but to stop the contradiction.
Kozanimedia's report admitted that none of those present reacted to the monk's words. And we ask: Why; July 26 was the day of the festival of the Monastery and the majority of the churchgoers were not regular believers of the Monastery, but pilgrims from all over Eordea and the surrounding area. If Father Ignatius had indeed spoken so insultingly to this lady and called her a "carnival", there would be no one else to protest.; The fact that no one spoke means something.
also, to add that the said monk is not paid and therefore no taxpayer "pays" him (as the complaining daughter wrote on facebook).
End, to clarify that the Monastery of Agia Paraskevi has not been "separated" έχει as it has been written ― from the Diocese of Florina, nor from the Church of Greece. She has stopped mentioning the Metropolitan in protest, in the strongest way provided by the Sacred Canons, for the betrayal against the Faith of certain bishops, led by the Ecumenical Patriarch.
Closing, we call all the media. who republished the false and slanderous report of Kozanimedia to publish our answer in order to establish the truth.
THE UNDERSIGNED: Costas Manolas, Costas Kontomisios, Pavlos Ephraimidis, Giannis Kokkinidis, George Diskos, Zikos Papazoglou, Christos Eleftheriadis, Evangelos Vlasis, Vassilis Kermeniotis, Anastasios Tsismalidis, Athanasios Peitsinis and Dimitris Emmanouil.