Archimandrite and Protopresbyters’ ordination in the H.M. of Corfu
On Friday, May 3, 2019, his Eminence, the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands, Mr. Nektarios did the Divine Liturgy in the celebrating Holy Church of Life-giving Spring (Zoodohos Pigi) in Kato Korakiana village.
In his preaching, his Eminence underlined that the greatest hope of us,as Christians, is the Resurrection of Christ. Our Lord incarnated and went through everything because of love, holding the sins of the whole world. Sin is the passionate situation that keeps us away from God and alternates our character. Sin is also the secular spirit, that Saint Paul advises us not have it, since it takes us away from Christ while leading us to the spiritual death. Someone who does not have hope has only the materials he/she can see and thus, he/she does not have any limits.The missing element is the searching of the real life. On the opposite side, the unstoppable faith to the Resurrected Christ is full of hope and immortality. With this hope, someone can be on earth and at the same time touch the sky, with his/her spiritual fight and the Divine Grace to have a life immitating Christ. On this way, we have our Lady Theotokos to accompany and help us. During this period of Easter, the Mother of our Lord could not be absent.
Additionally, his Eminence emphasized that the Apostolic Reading of the Day is associated with the feast of Zoodohos Pigi (Life-giving Spring). Sick people visited the monastery of Balukli in Constantinople, where they took the holy water and were all healed. So they associated the miracle to the Lady Theotokos, who has since been called Zoodohos Pigi. Our Lady received in her virginal viscus the Life, our Lord, from whose side, however, they sprouted life spikes for the humans.
In his closing, Mr. Nektarios wished the faithful to be helped and protected by the Grace of our Holy Theotokos.
Before the end of the Divine Liturgy, his Eminence ordained as an Archimandrite, the Holy Monk father Joseph and Protopresbyters, father Petros Koulouris and father Konstantinos Pantelios, priest of the Holy Church of Zoodohos Pigi (Life-Giving Spring).