The celebration of Saint Charalambos in the Holy Metropolis of Corfu.
On the morning of Sunday, February 10, 2019, the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and the Diapontian Islands, Mr. Nektarios, celebrated the celebrated Church of Saint Charalambos in the village of Acharavi.
In his speech the Bishop of Corfu pointed out that the persecutions against our Church did not stop during the Roman Empire but continue to this day. The multitude of our Witnesses of Faith is likened to the hymnology of our Church as a cloud. These Witnesses also include the Holy Martyr Charalambos. The Gospel of the Vesper characterizes him as “the mindless idol of patience, dyssicrony of dismembered, priesthood and atheism.” Saint Charalampos was so strong in faith as the diamond is not cut. And not just that. The Saint suffered the martyrdom, having a lot of patience. His life was characterized by two elements: Priesthood and martyrdom. Priesthood is a charisma of God, not a paradise, as many consider it to be. Priesthood means the constant lifting of the cross and the constant martyrdom of consciousness. The priest deliberately commands God and consciously proclaims it from the dead Resurrection of Christ, experiencing it first in his own heart. It is the broker between the sky and the earth. Saint Charalampos in the course of so many centuries continues to bless us and teach us with his faith, his life and his martyrdom.
In addition, Mr. Nektarios stressed that today the spirit of interest, individuality and self-love prevails, all of which comes from the Hesperia. On the contrary, the East has proposed and proposed so many centuries the sacrificial spirit and the spirit of philandering. This is exactly the way that the Witnesses of our Unfaithful Faith followed up to death, imitating those who in turn sacrificed Jesus Christ who was sacrificed on the Cross.
Ending his Eminence wished Saint Charalambos to be the unstinting lamp and the steadfast pole in the life of every Orthodox Christian.
At the end of the Divine Liturgy, his Eminence existed on the redeeming of the relics and the sacred icon of Saint Charalambos, during which he sought a blessing for the Holy One.