“In general, the whole concept of ‘Greek’ versus ‘Russian’ seems to us rather artificial and is only a cause of quite unnecessary tensions and quarrels. Obviously, the ‘Greeks’ who use ‘Russian’ as a term of opprobrium are thinking of a certain attitude among Russians which is indeed deplorable; and the other side obviously has in mind some unpleasant characteristics of some ‘Greeks’. But this only proves we are all human, and the truth is not to be found in either ‘party’ as such. It would be much better and wiser to think of both ‘Greeks’ and ‘Russians’ only the best things, those which enter into the higher harmony of Orthodoxy, which is beyond nationalities. This is how Vladika John always thought of ‘Greeks’ and is why he adopted many Greek customs which are not commonly practiced by Russians today – Greek customs, that is, which are closer to the authentic tradition of Orthodoxy, and certainly not just because they are ‘Greek’!
Taken from the Letters from Father Seraphim (Rose)