On Sunday 2 January, 2022, the Synthema (motto or slogan) of the Greek Orthodox Christian Society for 2022 was unveiled. It was presented at its premises in Kingsgrove, first in Greek at 2:30pm and in English at 4pm. The English talk was also streamed live on YouTube, where it is available to be viewed.

Both speakers explored the meaning of the Synthema for 2022, which was taken from John 16:33, in light of the current challenges faced by Orthodox Christians: “Take courage, I have overcome the world”θαρσεῖτε, ἐγὼ νενίκηκα τὸν κόσμον” .

After hearing some songs recorded by the young men and women of the Greek Orthodox Christian Society and Orthodox Ladies Fellowship, the speakers discussed the strengthening, reassurance and renewal offered to each of us in this year’s Synthema. Spoken to His disciples on the eve of His crucifixion, Christ’s words remind us that although as Christians our trials are inevitable, we must be courageous on our spiritual journey. These words encourage us to put our trust in Christ when we experience fear and uncertainty, just like the distress of the disciples while witnessing Christ’s arrest, trial and execution.

Living in a post-Christian world and even through the throes of a global pandemic, Christ offers us hope and strength, having already made the greatest sacrifice for us by overcoming death by death. He speaks directly to each of us when He says: “Take courage, I have overcome the world”.

Throughout 2022 and for the remainder of our time in this world, may we become like Christ by emulating His selfless sacrifice on the cross. By remembering His victory over death, let us navigate the challenges posed by life with courage and hope.