Celebration of Virgin Mary the Kassopitra
On Wednesday, May, 15th, 2019, his Eminence, the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands, Mr. Nektarios did the Divine Liturgy in the celebrating church of Virgin Mary the Kassopitra, in Kassiopi village.
In his preaching, his Eminence presented the history of the seeing miracle of Stefanos, who was falsely accused of stealing and thus, punished with losing his eyes. Stefanos went to the church of Virgin Mary in Kassiopi. There he prayed for the whole night, for the Grace of God in front of the miraculous image of God’s mother and in the morning, his eyesight was back. Lady Theotokos, through Her embassies to Her Son and God gave his eyes back to Stefanos. Many people are wondering about what a miracle is. It is the Uncreated Grace, Christ who acts in this world. Divine Grace is realized only by those who fight for God’s knowledge in their lives and then the miracle takes place.
Then, the Bishop of Corfu referring to the celebrated Evangelist John, noted that the Dearest Disciple of the Lord pointed out in his Catholic Letters something very important that the one who says that he loves God but hates his brother, then he is a liar and vice versa. Unfortunately today, even in our Orthodox homeland, our society has been poisoned in many ways by the anthropocentric spirit of the West. They all revolve around man and the purpose of the life of “modern” is to deify themselves. Instead, in the middle east, the center of our life is the Godhead Jesus Christ, the cause of our existence. Evangelist John still admits that God loves it. It has no love, it is love. Love is the way of His existence. By comparing the way of thinking and living in the East and the West, he notices the great gap between them.
In his conclusion, Mr. Nektarios wished to the faithful ones to be blessed by our Lady Theotokos.
At the end of the Divine Liturgy, his Eminence participated in the litany of the miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary the Kassopitra, as well as the sacred image of the Resurrection.