Celebrating Vesper in the Holy Monastery of Pantokrator, Kamarela
On Monday afternoon, August 5, 2019, his Eminence, the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands, Mr. Nektarios did the celebrating Vesper in the Holy Monastery of Pantokrator, Kamarela.
In his speech, his Eminence noted that in every great Feast, many theological messages arise. The Transfiguration of our Lord could be no exception,which invites every Christian to ascend to the highest mountain and experience the Glory of the Lord and the Uncreated Light. But the question arises, why was the Lord transformed on Mount Tabor?
Firstly, to show all His Divine glory to the elders of His Disciples, namely Peter, Jacob and John. After a few days, they would be handed over to the lawless people and led to the Cross. So how could the Disciples not be shaken and hold on to their faith in their Master? On Mount Tabor appeared the Holy Trinity, which created the universe.
Secondly, Jesus Christ was transfigured to show the glory of human nature, to which he was clothed. The Lord clothed the human nature that He Himself created and sanctified. The Evangelist John tells us that: “And the Word went forth and did practice”, “it is the same, and the same received it.” People could not understand the glory that the Lord had concealed. In fact Christ is not being transfigured, but the names of His Disciples are being transfigured, which have been purified and can now see the Theism of Jesus Christ. The Disciples on the Mount of Transfiguration ceased to act as human beings. All human desire has ceased. They were now living other high, spiritual, Divine situations. And for this reason the Apostle Peter begged Christ: “Good is not in us”.
And thirdly, at the time of the Transfiguration, the voice of Heavenly Father was heard: “in my son, in love, I have been approved; you are listening”. We humans, living in obedience to the Divine commandments, have tasted the abomination of hell. We tasted our removal from Christ. On the other hand, our obedience to the will of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit will deliver us from the daily life and infirmity of our lives, from the fall and the bitterness, from our mistakes and sins.
Concluding, Mr. Nektarios wished first and foremost to the Abess and the nuns of the monastery, but also to all the faithful, through obedience to the will of God that they too might experience the Grace and Light of the Transfigured Lord throughout the day of their lives..