PRAYERS FOR THE CRETANS

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Mass Will Be Said in the Greek Church Next Wednesday.

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PRAYERS WILL BE OFFERED ALSO FOR THE SUCCESS OF KING GEORGE’S TROOPS.

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The Affair Significant Because the Czar of Russia Is the Head of the Orthodox Church.

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High mass will be celebrated next Wednesday morning in the Orthodox Greek Catholic Church on Powell street for the repose of the souls of the Cretan insurgents killed in the recent engagements. On the same occasion prayer will be offered for the success of the Greek cause.

Archbishop Nicholas will officiate, and the Greek Archimandrite Theoclitos will preach a sermon in the Greek language. Next Wednesday will be March 25, in the Greek calendar, and is the anniversary of the day on which the Greek raised the banner of independence from the Turks.

There may be some significance in the fact that the Czar of Russia is the head of the Greek church, and that all the bishops and archbishops of that church are appointed by him. Hence, if they offer up prayers for the Greek cause it may be inferred that the Czar must have a friendly feeling for the Greeks in their present struggle against the unspeakable Turk.

C. Demetrak, president of the Greek Hellenic Society, is exerting himself on behalf of his country in the way of soliciting material aid for them as well as extending sympathy to them. He said to a Call reporter last night that the action of the Christian powers against the Christian Greeks and Cretans in favor of the pagan Turks was unprecedented in history, and that for the sake of civilization he hopes that it will not be continued or repeated.

"The plea made by the powers that they desire to prevent a European war," continued Mr. Demetrak, "is a very flimsy one. Greece and the Cretans have time and again informed them that they will never stop fighting Turkey until they gain their independence. The Greeks are tired of the empty promises of the powers, and have ranged themselves along the line of public opinion and what they conceive to be their rights.

"The powers say that they want peace. Why do they want peace? In order that the Turks may be allowed to massacre Christians every day? No; we despise peace obtained at such a fearful and immoral cost.

"I wish America were nearer Greece at the present time, for I am sure that the generous soul of the people of the United States sympathizes with my countrymen in this the hour of their distress, and that they all hope that the day is near at hand when the Christian Cretans shall be freed from the dominion of the barbarous Turk."

The San Francisco Call, Thursday, April 1, 1897, p. 5:4

Reprinted in the Holy Trinity Cathedral LIFE, Vol. 5, No. 8, April 1998