Celebrating Virgin Mary of Vlachernae in the Holy Metropolis of Corfu
On Tuesday, July 2, 2019, the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diaspontian, Mr. Nektarios, did the Divine Liturgy in the celebrated Holy Monastery of Theotokos Vlahernon in the village of Skripero.
In his speech the Bishop pointed out that the Church celebrates the deposition of the Holy Dress of the Most Holy Theotokos in the temple of Vlachernae in Constantinople. During the centuries of the Eastern Roman Empire, the emperors were pious and honored. Many of them not only exchanged their royal throne with the lonely tribune, but transferred to the King outside the Honor of the Virgin Mary, the Holy Wood and many relics of saints. Our Orthodox Church keeps the spiritual tradition of the state of Rumania alive. All the feasts and rituals that we have come from the Orthodox East, the cradle of spiritual struggles and the completion of Christ. It is therefore a great mistake to argue that our country is in the West, which, in contrast to the East, prefers intelligence and humanism, placing the individual in the center. At the center of the East is the Goddess Jesus Christ. The faithful communes with Him heartly, through prayer and above all by sharing in the Mystery of Mysteries, the Divine Communion.
In addition, the Bishop of Corfu – on the occasion of the Divine Liturgy at the Historical Holy Monastery of Theotokos Vlahernea, which was renovated by the Archimandrite father. Sevastianos and father Arsenios, and commemorating the restoration work that he himself performed as Abbot with his fathers in the also historic Holy Monastery of Panagia Xenia – highlighted the importance of the monasteries, these spiritual oases in the life of the Orthodox Christian. Every Bishop’s wish is for the Lord to call upon people who love Him and long to beg for Him to have more and more Monasteries restored and manned. The fathers or sisters in a Monastery are the little brotherhood, and with the devout believers the great brotherhood is.
In closing, Mr. Nektarios wished Our Lady to cover and guard our homeland.