Panegyrical Archieratic Vesper in the Holy Metropolis of Corfu
On Saturday afternoon, March 16, 2019, the Panegyrical Archieratic Vesper on the occasion of the memory of the final defeat of iconoclasm and the restoration of the icons to the churches with his Eminence, the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands, Mr. Nektarios at the Church of Virgin Mary the Spilaiotissa.
The Divine Reason was proclaimed by Protopresbyter father Themistocles Mourtzanos, General Prelatic Warden of the Holy Metropolis of Corfu, who pointed out that in our times there are three attitudes towards Orthodoxy. The first attitude includes the indifferent people who do not care about Orthodoxy. They are all those who are talking about the neutral state, they call themselves “progressive”, thinking that they can live without God, without identity, without traditions, without history, being only members of this world pulp that hears the name of globalization. The second one concerns the majority of the Orthodox. They are the so-called Orthodox of the custom, many of whom are also public figures. Those who are born and raised in Orthodoxy, but they see it as a kind of folklore, a sort of folk survival in life. They want Orthodoxy in a few words about the feasts, for the external expression of its Mysteries and for the preservation of the tradition. And the third attitude includes those who seek the true Truth, Christ. It is only by chance that the Gospel of the Sunday of Orthodoxy, where the Lord finds Philip, a man who trusts to become a companion of truth and meets with the Messiah, prophesied by the Old Testament. And Christ invites him to join the disciples in the Church. Thus, both the graceful remains of our Saints and sacred images are living examples of people who have become inquisitors of Truth, seekers of the meaning of their lives, the Savior Christ.
In his closing, father Themistoklis underlined that Orthodoxy is an invitation to the Sainthood, that is a transformation of the human heart, to a road of meaning and hope of life and cleansing of ourselves from the passions and love that is not a habit, but a choice, where Christ gives a cross, pain and difficulties.
In the end of the Vesper, his Eminence wished that Lord would be the Light in the hearts of the faithful ones. The untainted image of Christ is within everyone’s heart.