Divine Liturgy for our Bishop’s Nameday in Corfu
On Saturday, November 9, 2019, on the celebration of Saint Nektarios, Archbishop of Pentapoli, his Eminence, the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands, Mr. Nektarios had his nameday.
In the Metropolitan Church of Virgin Mary, the Bishop of Corfu along with their Eminences the Bishop of Vrestheni, Mr. Theoklitos, the Bishop of Syros, Mr. Dorotheos and the Bishop of Thessaliotida, Mr. Timotheos.
The Divine Speech was delivered by His Eminence Bishop Dorotheos of Syros, who emphasized, inter alia, three points in Saint Nectarius’ life, in which we trace his personal paradise: he was a saint of patience, a saint of love who did not hold grudges to anyone, who loved the Church, even though its institutional face embarrassed him and hurt him.
The Bishop of Syros urged every believer to find meaning in the life of the Church by looking closely at him, even the one who is distressing and troubling us. This is the blessing that God has received from every human being: to be able to look into the eyes of others and to look up to God. This was the life vision of St. Nectar. He did not bend, nor was he afraid of trials. Staring at the sky, he lived the mystery of God. Staring at his neighbor lived the mystery of love. And with patience and independence he found holiness.
Mr. Dorotheos emphasized that the celebrated Metropolitan of Corfu, Mr. Nektarios, followed this path of the patron saint of his life: he is a father, a teacher of love, and he cares for the people who are his precious children. He wished that his years would be many and that God would follow in the way of the Saint. He commended the faithful who, despite adverse weather conditions, found themselves in the temple to pray to their Shepherd.
At the end of the Divine Liturgy, Metropolitan of Corfu Mr. Nektarios thanked His Beatitude, his fellow clergy and people, and the people of God, asking for their compassion and love.
Among others, the Mayor of Central Corfu, Mr. Meropi Hydraou, the Mayor of North Corfu, Mr. George Machimaris, the President of the Municipal Council of Corfu, Mr. Demetris Metallinos, the Regional Director of Education, Mr. Petros Angelopoulos.