Archieratic Divine Liturgy for the Saint Nektarios in the Holy Metropolis of Corfu
On Friday, November 9, 2018, at the Metropolitan Church of Corfu, Archieratic Divine Liturgy was done with his Eminence, the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands, Mr. Nektarios and their Eminences, Bishops of Kaisariani, Vyron and Imittos, Mr. Daniel, Syros, Tinos, Andros, Kea, Milos and Mykonos, Mr. Dorotheos and Servia and Kozanis, Mr.Pavlos, for the celebration of Saint Nektarios memory.
The preaching was made by the Bishop of Kaisariani, who referred to three characteristics of Saint Nektarios’ life. Firstly, Saint Nektarios was a good shepherd, as our Lord was, that is, he sacrificed himself for the lives of people that Christ trusted him with. Secondly, the new Saint was a true teacher of the Chuch, because he never changed the Orthodox Faith, instead he built the word of truth.
A genuine teacher of the Church is the one who remains stable to the Gospel’s teaching, without deviating at all from it. Lastly, Saint Nektarios was an affectionate spiritual father. According to Saint Paul “Even if you had ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers” in his First Epistle to Corinthians. For this reason, the loyal ought to recognize and honour their spiritual fathers and especially their local Bishop, for his daily effort, praying and worrying for his flock.
In his closing, Mr. Daniel wished to the celebrator Bishop of Corfu, Mr. Nektarios, who is a jewel to the Church of Greece, to live long and continue to be a good shepherd in the Church of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands, declaring the testimony of Resurrection every day. In the end of the Divine Liturgy, Mr. Nektarios thanked both the Bishops for honoring him with his presence, their brotherly love and the clergy, the people working in the Holy Metropolis along with the local people for their appreciation.