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CHURCH HAS KEPT SELF-CONSCIOUSNESS, UNITY, IDENTITY OF OUR PEOPLE

The Sunday of Orthodoxy was celebrated on Sunday morning, March 8, 2020, in Corfu, as the empress who restored the sacred icons was lit up. In the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Virgin Mary the Spilaiotissa, where the sacred image of Saint is preserved, a Divine Liturgy was made by His Eminence, the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and the Diapontian Islands. At the Divine Liturgy, Archimandrite Cherubim Veletzas, Personnel Manager of the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece and the Preacher of the Holy Metropolis, spoke in a timely manner, referring to faith in Christ, which does not transmit, but transmit, life. Sunday of Orthodoxy is a continuous peaceful demonstration for 12 centuries that faithfully every fear, as Orthodoxy is love and love truly every fear.

Then, with the proper order of Corfu tradition, the sacred scene was litanised, along with the miraculous image of Our Lady Theotokos of Dimosiana, while the priests held in their hands images as the day dictates. The Synod of Orthodoxy read in front of the Church of Our Lady of the Foreigners, while in a brief address His Eminence Bishop Nektarios of Corfu, Paxos and Intercontinental Islands emphasized that our Orthodox Church guarded our people that it is distinct from the cultural and religious currents, whether from the West and its missionaries, or from the East, of the non-religious. Our Church has safeguarded the unity of our people by helping to prevent the people from breaking up, disintegrating through personal strife and selfishness. Our Church has finally helped our people maintain their identity, remain free, and it will do so in our times, despite the many ideas that move and influence. In this struggle the sacred relics of our Saints, such as St. Theodora the Empress, are signs of our self-consciousness, unity and identity.

During the Divine Liturgy, a large number of people joined in the liturgy, and although the weather was unstable, many attended the litany, along with Corfu MPs Messrs. Gikas, Avlonitis and Biaggi, Ionian Islands Regional Governor Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou, the Mayor of  Central Corfu, Mrs Meropi Hydraiou, Vice-Regional Governor Melita Andriotis and other representatives of the local political and military authorities.

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