On Sunday March, 1st, 2020, his Eminence, the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands, Mr. Nektarios did the Divine Liturgy in the Holy Church of the Entrance of VIrgin Mary the Perivoliotissa in the northern parish of Sokraki village.
The Bishop of Corfu emphasized to believers that Sunday of Forgiveness (Cheesefare) is the Church’s reminder to believers that we were called to live in love, to keep our relationship with God, to use our freedom for good and not for good, for evil, to love and respect the world as a Paradise.
To do so requires the struggle of understanding our conscience, the unwritten law God has placed within us, which we violate and cause us to strangle, disobeying the will of God. Fasting is the study of ourselves, our spiritual path, so that we can lift ourselves up spiritually.
Fasting is an imitation of Christ, who fasted after his baptism for forty days, defeating temptation and emphasizing that we do not live by material goods but by the way of God’s word. Our fasting is still a spiritual matter. It is abstinence from hypocrisy, from condemnation, from belief in material goods. It is a prayer and giving of our heart to God. The fasting affair of the whole body of Christ, of the Church, is a way of repentance and resurrection. This is how spiritual renewal comes!
At the end of the Divine Liturgy, Mr. Nektarios handcuffed the unpaid clergyman, Father Antonios Suaref, who at a middle age dedicated himself to the Church and worshiped in the parish of Socraki, still working as an engineer. Mr. Nektarios honored the parish chanter Athanasios Nikolouzos, who has been worshiping in the temple for thirty years.