Saint Spyridon’s memory celebrations
From 11 to 13 of December,every year in Corfu,we celebrate the memory of our protector,Saint Spyridon ,Bishop of Trimithounta,the Wonderworker. The Saint as a pastor of sheep which can think wisely,prepares the spiritually faithful for the big Feast of Christ’s birth as a human to this world.
The worshipping events begin in December 11th at 11 am,in Saint Spyridon’s church with the holy Paraklisis (Requesting prayer) and the exit of Saint Spyridon’s relic for worshipping. The church remains open all day and night.
On the afternoon, Panegyrical Episcopal Vesper takes place with many people all over the island to participate. After the end of the Vesper,the first part of Saint Spyridon’s life is read. In the night, holy Paraklisis (requesting prayer) and Egkomia (laudatory poems) devoted to Saint Spyridon take place,followed by the Holy Agrupnia (Matin and Divine Liturgy).
On the day of his Memory,12th of December, in Saint Spyridon’s church the Matin and Panegyrical Divine Liturgy with the Breaking of the loaves (Artoklasia) take place. It is the only day,when the Bishop is dressed in order to do the Divine Liturgy in front of the public. During the Divine Liturgy,the Palaia Filarmoniki of Corfu “The Saint Spyridon”( the oldest Band of Corfu)plays hymns to praise Saint Spyridon.
On the afternoon,December 12, a Panegyrical Episcopal Vesper takes place. After the end of the Vesper,the second part of Saint Spyridon’s life is read.
In the night, holy Paraklisis (requesting prayer) and Egkomia (laudatory poems) devoted to Saint Spyridon take place,followed by the Holy Agrupnia (Matin and Divine Liturgy).
The next day, December 13th, takes place the Matin and the Panegyrical Episcopal Divine Liturgy during which the Band of Corfu “Mantzaros” plays hymns to praise Saint Spyridon.
The worshipping events for the Memory of Saint Spyridon finish on the afternoon of December 13,when the Holy Paraklisis (Requesting Prayers ) and the Basmata (the prayers) for the re-entrance of the Holy relic back to its place. There is also the Litany of the Holy relic in the church for three times to bless the loyal Christians.