MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR THE HERO OF IMIA HECTOR GIALOPSOS BY THE BISHOP OF CORFU
On Saturday, February 1st, 2020, his Eminence, the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands, Mr. Nektarios did the Divine Liturgy in Afionas, on the occasion of Saint Tryphon’s celebration.
Speaking to the faithful, the Bishop of Corfu emphasized that Christians were considered extremists in the first centuries and that was why they were persecuted. Christ had foretold it by saying that “if they have persecuted me and persecuted you, they have kept my word and kept your word.” The earliest witnesses, including Saint Tryphon, a poor man engaged in agricultural and livestock farming, were praying and being overshadowed by God’s grace. He was an “anointed” physician because he received the gift of miracle-working. He lived in Lampsako in the East. The priests transported him to Rome, at the behest of the emperor, to heal his daughter. So, when he received gifts and blessings that he distributed to the poor, in a subsequent persecution he was beheaded. But he did not stop working miracles. He is a confessor saint.
We need to compare the saint with today’s Christians in faith and confession. Faith makes it possible for humans to resist atheism and sin. The waves of atrocity substantially threaten not only faith but also love for the homeland and all value. The primary struggle in our lives is to satisfy our standards of living, while the priority of love, freedom, truth, confession of Christ, which will redeem us forever! Christ in the other life will confess for us! It is not a threat or a fear that Christ will forget us, but a reality. Faith gives birth to a family of joy, and we all belong to fellowship with God and fellow man. So this struggle is absent from the modern man: we do not care about God and fellow man. So we need to control ourselves and measure our lives.
The Metropolitan of Corfu honored the memory of the late Hector Gialopsos, who came from Afionas and was killed in Imia in 1996, defending our homeland. Hector is a little hero who has kept the ideals of faith, homeland, family and sacrificed his life. That’s why we all honor him. We remember the debt each of us has. The love for God and the love for the homeland that will unite us as a society against all enemies, both spiritual, invisible, and visible. Where Gialopsos fell, the threat to our homeland continues. There is also a question of our national sovereignty in the Diaspontian Islands. That is why we must unite in unity around God and homeland and we will not get paid. The Greek spirit is appreciated and feared by everyone! We need standards, then!
Representatives of all the authorities in the area were present, and the MoP, Mr. Stefanos Gikas, addressed the crowd for the blessed Hector Gialopsos.
At the end of the Divine Liturgy, theBishop of Corfu ordained Archimandrite to the pastor of Afionas, father Sosipater Aspiotis.