Archbishop Chrysostomos visited national guardsmen on duty along the green line on Thursday and distributed Christmas presents as part of his tour visiting soldiers over the holidays.
The archbishop gave a 12,000MAh power bank charger to each soldier and a TV and a heater for the post.
He told the young conscripts that their short service in the national guard is not a waste of useful time but provides them with a proper education and training to cope with modern life.
“I served as a soldier in a more difficult position, that of monasticism,” the archbishop said. “And the time when I was a monk it was very hard and the heads of the monastery even harsher. But now I thank them and bless them,” he added.
The ccmmander of the national guard Demokritos Zervakis and the head of religious enlightenment in the National Guard Konstantinos Christodoulou accompanied the archbishop.
During their visit, the national guard choir sang hymns, Christmas carols and patriotic songs.
The archbishop will continue his visits to the posts on Friday.