FAITH IS THE ANSWER TO THE HEARTLESSNESS OF MODERN TIMES
The visit of his Eminence, the Metropolitan of Corfu Nektarios was completed with Archieratic Liturgy in the Church of Saint Spyridon in Palos Heights, after the invitation of the Holy Metropolis of Chicago and the Parish of Saint Spyridon, which celebrates 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. A large number of people worshipped and prayed to Saint Spyridon there.
In the Arcieratic Liturgy which took place on Sunday morning, the 15th of October 2017, along with the Metropolitan of Corfu was his Eminence Metropolitan of Dardanelia Nikitas, who had been chancellor of the Metropolis of chicago for many years in the past.
In his speech, the Metropolitan of Corfu Nektarios having as a starting point the parable of Sower, pointed out that modern times are characterised by heartlessness which has made us abandon God and His Truth. As modern people, we don’t see the others as brothers, but we have become a mass through technology, Internet, our sins and individualism. However, in order for the word of God to flourish and help people to find the hope of Faith that occurs from our communication with Christ, we need love to conquer the heartlessness.
Metropoliitan Nektarios praised all these people who keep Christ and the Greek identity as parts of their existence and asked from the Greek Community to stay close to the Orthodox Church. This was also the meaning of the presence of the Holy relic of the Saint: to strengthen this spiritual bond of faith and homeland which will help the Greeks in America as well as the Greeks in Greece to stand united against the heartlessness of modern times.
Metropolitan of Dardanelia Nikitas and the head priest Father Tilemachos Alikakos expressed the gratitude of the Greek community for the visit of the holy relic and their love to the Metropolitan of Corfu and Corfiots!
The chanting by the exceptional choir of the Church combined with the presence of choirs from other places for the celebrations was notable.