CHILDREN IN CHICAGO LEARN ABOUT SAINT SPYRIDON
A special event for Saint Spyridon was held in the evening of Friday, the 13th of October 2017, in the parish of Saint Spyridon in Palos Heights in Chicago, during the visit of his Eminence The Metropolitan of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands Nektarios in the event of the celebration of 100 years since its establishment. The Metropolitan of Corfu carried along the holy part of Saint spyridon’s right hand which is kept apart from His relic in Corfu.
With the Metropolitan’s blessings, the General Prelatic Church Warden of the Holy Metropolis of Corfu, Archpriest father Themistoklis Mourtzanos spoke to the cildren, their parents and the teachers who work in the greek school of Palos Heights in the Spiritual Centre of the Parish about Saint Spyridon. Father Themistoklis had the opportunity to present events from Saint Spyridon’s life, to narrate the story about how the Holy Relic was transferred in Corfu as well as to stress to the Greek children of second and third generations, the importance of simplicity, faith, love for God and people along with the message of Resurrection that Saint Spyridon brings. Hellenism and Orthodoxy form a combination which originates in the past, yet it keeps the identity of people alive.
It is associated with a way of life which differentiates and keeps people free while providing hope to God. The majority of children speak very little Greek and the local Church attempts to help them finish the school programmes in order to be able to communicate, read and write in Greek.
The event was conducted in english.
Father Themistoklis answered a lot of questions that children had and gave the blessings of his Eminence Metropolitan Nektarios.