Celebrating Saint Athanasios in the Holy Metropolis of Corfu
On Saturday morning, January 19, 2019, the Matin and the Divine Liturgy took place at the celebrating Holy Church of Saint Athanasios in Ano Korakiana, with his Eminence, the Bishop of Vrestheni, Mr. Theoklitos, after the invitation of his Eminence, the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands, Mr. Nektarios who is in Jerusalem, with many worshippers of the Holy Metropolis of Corfu.
In his preaching, the Bishop of Vrestheni, having thanked and wished health to Mr. Nektarios, pointed out that Saint Athanasios fought for the Orthodox faith and confessed Christ as He is. He rebuilt the word of truth opposing to heresies, lies and illusions.
Referring to our times, Mr. Theoklitos noted that the great danger lies to unfaithfulness and atheism. Anyone can be whatever they want. They can be atheists. However, they should respect the faith and piety of the rest to Christ. Especially the ones who have a high position in the state should definitely respect the religious views of Orthodox Greeks, the overwhelming majority of our country. Disrespect is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Refusal, that is of the saving Divine Grace.
No political leader should behave in such a way, fighting Orthodox faith and the patriotic feelings of Greek people . There are always the foreign forces that aim to make Greek religious-neutral and multicultural. However, all those with their evil plans, try in vain. Our country was, is and always be Orthodox and proud of its history. Just like the nail gets stronger by knocking it with the hammer, so does our people with the various attacks.
In his closing the Bishop of Vrestheni asked the loyal to be courageous and fight with bravery and hope during the difficult times we go through. Let’s not get disappointed, our Lord is with us!