METROPOLITAN OF ODESSA AND IZMAIL,
REGULAR MEMBER OF THE HOLY SYNOD OF THE UKRAINIAN
TO THE VISITORS OF THE WEBSITE OF THE PARISH CHURCH SCHOOL
Dear brothers and sisters! Dear friends!
At the beginning of the third millennium after Christ, Orthodoxy has acquired new possibilities to carry out its supertemporal mission, “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age” (Titus 2, 11-13).
Moral education of children and youth remains one of the most significant priorities of the Orthodox Church. Making a step into adulthood and becoming freemen, young people bring in the ethos which they have learned in childhood from parents, school teachers, tutors. The formation of the youth’s views is very quick, thus negligence in the nature of moral education may instantly result in nascence of the “lost generation”, and therefore mind should be given to emend indiscretions.
The time has come to consolidate the efforts of all those who feel the soul of acute concern for the younger generation, to jointly take over the hard work of teachers and mentors and young people use the priceless gift of youth on the cognition of the Divine institutions and cultural values.
We believe that our youth is not the lost generation and consider that we are liable to God and people to let all the talents of our youth would serve the Church, country and our people.
I invoke God’s blessing upon the launch of the website of “Odessa Eparchy Parish Church School”, which would be another beacon in the sea of electronic information enlightening the way to Lord and would help our youth to follow the path of goodness and godliness.