Sunday of Orthodoxy in the Holy Metropolis of Corfu
Sunday of Orthodoxy was celebrated with glory on Sunday morning, March 17, 2019 at the Holy Metropolitan Church of the Virgin Mary the Spilaiotissa. His Eminece, the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands, Mr. Nektarios did the Matin and the Divine Liturgy, After the Liturgy, the Litany of the holy relic of Saint Theodora the Empress and the sacred image of Virgin Mary of Dimosiana was held. Instead of the orison, the Synodikon of the Orthodoxy was read by his Eminence.
In his preaching, the Bishop of Corfu pointed out that today we celebrate the glory of our Church and our Orthodox faith. Through the 5th Ecumenical Council and the subsequent local Synod, in which St. Theodora the Empress ratified the decisions of the Ecumenical Synod, Christ triumphed. Our Orthodox Faith is translated as Truth, which is not an abstract concept, but a person, the incarnated Son and Word of God, Jesus Christ. We only portray our Lord with His human nature, and in this way we live in His Divine nature.
In addition, his Eminence emphasized that today, unfortunately, dominates the image of the Internet, which largely affects the life of modern humans. This iconic image is based on politicians, but also on the so-called world class, and the history and tradition of our homeland is also disturbed. On the contrary, within our Holy Orthodoxy we experience the Truth, through the Mystery of Mysteries, the Divine Communion, the atonement of the Body and the Blood of the Despot Christ. Outside the sheltered harbor of our Church, there are the whorls and waves of globalization and the New Order of Things. The “Demosthenes” of Orthodoxy St. John the Chrysostomos stressed that the Church “while fighting, it wins, and when it is cursed, it becomes more glorious”. As much as they are humiliating Him, the Church has His head the Lord of Glory, who, according to the Book of Revelation, “came forth and worshiped”. Today’s persecutors of our Church have nothing but to study where the history of those who fought the Body of Christ was ranked. For so many centuries, Orthodoxy triumphs, and persecutors have passed it to obscurity, contempt and oblivion.
In his closing, Mr. Nektarios asked the faithful to keep like their eyes the invaluable treasure of the Orthodox faith, the tradition of the Holy Fathers and the history of our homeland, since the people who forget their history are doomed to relive it.