Celebrating Saint Elias the Prophet in the Holy Metropolis of Corfu
On Friday, July 20, 2018, his Eminence, the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands, Mr. Nektarios did the Divine Liturgy in the celebrating Holy Church of Saint ELias the Prophet me to The Glorious Prophet Elias.
The previous day, July 19, his Eminence did the panegyrical vesper in the Holy Church of Saint ELias “the Gkriniaris” in Magoulades village.
In his preaching, the Bishop of Corfu noted that The Glorious Prophet Elias, as said in his Apolytikion, is the incarnate Angel, the second Forerunner of the Coming of Christ.
Prophet Elias served the real God during his whole life. Ravens brought him food for his need when, at God’s command, he was hiding by the torrent of Horrath. He multiplied the little flour and oil of the poor widow of Sarephtha of Sidon, who had given him hospitality in her home, and when her son died, he raised him up.
He brought down fire from Heaven upon Mount Carmel, and it burned up the sacrifice offered to God before all the people of Israel, that they might know the truth. At the torrent of Kisson, he slew 450 false prophets, priests and Ahab and his wife Jezebel who worshipped idols and led the people astray.
Prophet Elias did not die but he ascended as though into heaven by a fiery chariot.
Moreover, his Eminence underlined that today we live under the Grace of the Triune God and we are given the ability to meet and love our Lord as He is. There are always difficulties, sadness, disappointments and falls.
A clear example of such trials is Job the Prophet. We should not forget that all these trials are allowed by God in order to intensify our trust in Him and become more humble.
Especially in our days, when modern humans have tried to seperate themselves and leave out the Creator of this world, genuine repentance, humbleness and self-criticism are needed.
In his closing, Mr. Nektarios wished that the voice of Prophet Elias to awaken us as Nation and turn out hearts and eyes to the sky, placing again the Lord of Glory in our hearts.