Bishop of Corfu, Mr. Nektarios: “Only with prayers, humans can feel close to God”
On Monday afternoon, August 12, 2019, his Eminence, the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands, Mr. Nektarios did the Vesper in the Holy Church of Saint Spyridon.
In his speech, His Eminence pointed out that in addition to all the other virtues with which he was attracted by God, Saint Spyridon had the great virtue of prayer. The miracles he performed did not work in a magical way, but he was praying, bound to the Lord. Only by wholehearted attachment can Heavenly Father be bent and do what His creature desires. Prayer can bring one to the presence of God. The virtue of the prayer of Saint Spyridon comes to teach us today that we cannot live without communion through prayer with our Heavenly Father.
In addition, the Bishop of Corfu said that these days we are celebrating the great Despotic celebration of the Transfiguration of Christ the Savior. As the Fathers of our Church tell us about Mount Tabor, the Lord has not been transformed. Jesus Christ remains He for ever and ever. He always radiates His Uncreated Light. The Qur’anists of His Disciples, as they prayed in Mount Tabor, purified their eyes and became associates of the Light, gazing at the Lord as He was. So Saint Spyridon, with his spiritual struggle and especially with his warm prayer, became acquainted with Christ and experienced that Blind Light. The Uncreated energies of the Triune God, The Divine Charity, have preserved the Spiridon’s Storm indefinitely for seventeen centuries, showing us the Resurrection and the life of eternity, which we are all called to experience through our participation in the Mysteries .
The Relic of Saint Spyridon still reminds us of our debt as Orthodox Christians to pray. With the prayer and the relationship that is built through it with God, human life is improving for the better, Mr. Nektarios emphasized.