Prayer is the quintessence of our lives

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Bishop of Corfu, Mr. Nektarios: “Prayer is the quintessence of our lives”

On Sunday May 20, 2018 His Eminence, the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands Mr. Nektarios did the Divine Liturgy in the celebrating and historic church of the Holy Fathers in the town of Corfu.

In his preaching, his Eminence analyzed the Gospel of the day, emphasizing three points, from the prayer of the Lord to God the Father, before His Willing Suffering. Firstly, the importance of prayer, which is the quintessence of our Christian life, is emphasized. As explained by the Holy Fathers it is impossible for man to live without lungs, so another cannot go it in spiritual life without prayer, ie. live communication with the Creator.

Second, in the Gospel of Christ, Christ, addressing His Father, says, “Make your name known as the human.” Before the Incarnation of the Word people were confused about the person of God. They could not recognize a true God that is related to people. The true God became known to the world by Jesus Christ, who for this very reason was incarnated. By faith in the Lord, we are again associated with God the Father.

And thirdly, Christ says, “Father Gaius, keep this in your name”. That is, God the Father to keep believers united. This true unity is not happening anywhere else, except in our Church. All the political and social systems that wanted to unite the world failed, for the one who invites people to unity is the Paraclete, the Spirit of Truth. That is why we do not mean unity, without the truth.

Additionally, the Bishop of Corfu referring to celebrating 318 Holy Fathers of Nicaea First Ecumenical Council, noted that those both experienced and have demonstrated the above three elements of the true Christian, namely prayer and the recognition of God in human life and unity of believers. On the contrary, schisms and heresies are not God’s, they are tempting situations, which have as their root the egoism and the autonomy of man and social systems that wanted to unite the world failed, for the one who invites people to unity is the Paraclete, the Spirit of Truth. That is why we do not mean unity, without the truth.

Additionally, the Bishop of Corfu referring to celebrants 318 Holy Fathers of Nicaea First Ecumenical Council, noted that those and experienced and have demonstrated the above three elements of the true Christian, namely prayer and the recognition of God in human life and unity of believers. On the contrary, schisms and heresies are not God’s, they are tempting situations, which have as their root the egoism and the autonomy of man.

Concluding Mr. Nektarios praised the work of the late predecessor Cyrus Timothy, who painstakingly, restored historic temple of the Holy Fathers, which was almost completely destroyed by the bombing of Nazi Germany on September 14, 1943.

 

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