The removal of Metropolitan Konstantinos of Serres from the Bulgarians, June 5, 1941

On June 5, 1941, after much pressure, Metropolitan Konstantinos was forced to withdraw from the city of Serres. As he left the Metropolis, he raised his hands to heaven and prayed that God would protect his Christians, crush the invaders and end the suffering of the Metropolis and his flock with his return.
He left accompanied to the Strymonas bridge by a Bulgarian policeman. On the bridge, he assured the policeman that he would be in Nigrita and that his sermons would be heard, while his presence would be felt by them. He expressed his disgust for the policeman and his nation in harsh words and crossed the bridge into German-occupied territory.