Bishop of Corfu, Mr. Nektarios: Saint Spyridon is the one who offers comfort
Among others, Corfu MP Stefanos Gikas, Ionian Islands Regional Governor Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou, Central Corfu Mayor Mr Meropi Hydraou, Mayor of Northern Corfu, Mr George Macheimaris, participated in the service. Central Corfu Municipal Council President Mr. Dimitris Matallinos, the Regional Education Director Mr. Petros Angelopoulos and the representatives of the military authorities of the place.
In his address to the many pilgrims, the Bishop of Corfu Mr. Nektarios emphasized, among other things, that today philosophers praise the wise man.
Philosophers are the people who seek wisdom in the knowledge of the world, in the study of life, in thought, in intellect. They seek to find the truth in worldly progress.
But the saint is actually the saint, because he knew God. He understood from the buildings who the Christ is and shared God in the life of the Church, through prayer, through exercise, through divine thanks, through conversation with God revealed to those who love him beyond any temporal and human. Human wisdom has a limit. The wisdom of God goes beyond the boundaries of the world and time.
Today sinners praise their own patron. And Saint Spyridon is our patron because in the act of God sin is treated with forgiveness, forgiveness, repentance.
Sinners, wrongdoers are rejected by the world. But the saint protects the sinners because he follows the pattern of Christ. It is sufficient for sinners to turn to him through repentance. And our saint carries the repentance of men to God, and He grants forgiveness through the saint.
Today, those who are in sorrow praise the saint as the one who comforts them. Sadness comes because of our wear and tear. Sadness comes because others do not treat us the way we want them to. Sadness comes because our will is not fulfilled. Sadness comes from phenomena like illness, death, failure, rejection.
The saint, however, is comforted in his sorrows because he himself lived them, losing his wife and child, and because he was the father and shepherd of men. They knelt between them and stood them in the wickedness of living, in poverty and deprivation, in slander, in death. He shared their feelings and gave them the great answer: faith in Christ who does not leave us alone in the sea of sorrows.
The Bishop of Corfu emphasized, by closing his sermon, that the Saint shows us what true wisdom is, shows us that our mistakes and our sins cannot separate us from the God who loves us, that ultimately we are not alone, whatever difficulties our lives have. So let’s beg him to help us!