Sunday, May 17th- Bulletin
Dear Brothers and Sisters in our Lord and God Jesus Christ, May 19th is the memorial date for the Greek Genocide in Pontus, and on Sunday, May 17, we serve in our Holy Trinity Church a TRISAGION for the victim of the Genocide.
The Greek Orthodox Genocide in Pontus refers to the systematic extermination of the native Greek subjects of the Ottoman Empire before, during, and after World War I (1914-1923) from Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. It included massacres, forced deportations, and death marches, summary expulsions, boycotts, rape, forced conversion to Islam, conscription into labor battalions, arbitrary executions, and destruction of Orthodox Christian cultural, historical and religious monuments. According to various sources, approximately 1 million Ottoman Greeks perished during this period.
All Greek males aged between 21-45 were forcibly conscripted into labor battalions Most of them perished under appalling conditions being forced to work around the clock with little food or water. In 1915, under the advice of German military personnel. These Greeks were not permitted to take anything with them. Goods in their shops were later sold by Ottoman authorities. They were deported to the interior and to Muslim villages where they were forced to choose between Islam or death. According to figures compiled by the Ecumenical Patriarchate, by 1918, 774,235 Greeks had been deported from their homes, many of them to the interior of Turkey, never to be seen again.
May our Risen Lord, who trampled upon death, offer repose to the souls of these victims, and may we never forget this tragic event. Amen.
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
24411 Rampart Blvd.
Port Charlotte, FL 33980
304.319.3441 (Fr. Mojmir)
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Fr. Mojmir Zalcik, PhD