Clerical Meeting in the Holy Metropolis of Corfu
On the occasion of the Holy Twelve Days, on Monday morning, December 3, 2018 at the Spiritual Centre, a Clerical Meeting was held in the Holy Metropolis of Corfu, with speaker Mr. Nikoaos Xionis, professor of Dogmatism, in the Theologian School of the University of Athens.
In his address, the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands, Mr. Nektarios, presented Mr. Xionis and then referred to the great importance for us, the Orthodox Christians, the experience within our hearts the birth of the Son and the Word of God . This experience is especially addressed to the Priests to transmit it to the rest of the faithful, through their ecclesiastical morality first and the general attitude of their lives secondly.
Then, Mr. Xionis, who sincerely thanked His Eminence, developed his speech on “Dogmatic Approach to His Mystery by the Birth of the Son and the Word of God.” Basil the Great in his speech “in the birth of Christ”, immediately distinguishes the eternal birth of the Son and Word of God, from the flesh-birth. This distinction is not accidental. The eternal birth of the Word of God is what is said mainly and pre- cisely of the birth of Christ, says Grand-Basil, since he distinguishes the second Face of the Holy Trinity, according to the hypostasis of the birth. The way in which humankind is occupied by God Word, is not in the Kingdom of Transition, but transcendent. Divine nature does not move to the human, but transmits to the human through the Divine qualities. The revelation of the Word of God is not by birth in place and time, but by the assumption of humanity in time and history.
In conclusion, Mr. Xionis stressed that today we call Christians to fight the idolatry which has the effect of selfishness, empowerment and narcissism. In order for man to protect his ego and selfish, he does not hesitate to treat most of those ways, selling out his faith and Christ Himself.
Then, the Chancellor of the Holy Metropolis of Corfu, Archimandrite father Ioustinos Konstantas talked and informed the fathers of the local Church on administrative issues.