The celebrations of Saints Athanasios and Cyril, Patriarchs of Alexandria in the Holy Metropolis of Corfu
On Thursday, January 18, 2018, his Eminence, the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands, Mr. Nektarios did the Divine Liturgy in the celebrating Holy Church of Saint Athanasios, in the village of Ano Korakiana.
In his preaching, his Eminence pointed out that Saints Athanasios and Cyril, Patriarchs of Alexandria were incomparable as far as their confession, faith and theology are concerned.
Saint Athanasios attended the First Council in Nicea, representing the Archbishop of Alexandria.
Even if he was only a deacon and among many Holy Fathers of our Church, he deposed Arius for his blasphemy against the Divinity of the Son of God.
Arius had created his own faith and religion, totally different from the one given by the Apostles and had influenced a lot of people.
The taken decision by the Council was not supported by the Fathers, but it was taken by the Holy Spirit.
Saint Athanasios as a Patriarch of Alexandria did a great spiritual work. A work of love and faith led by Saint Antonios, Saint Athanasios wrote the life of Saint Antonios the Great.
Moreover, the Bishop of Corfu noted that Saint Cyril, Patriarch of Alexandria, fought for the Orthodox Faith.
At that time, Nestorius had appeared, supporting the idea that Virgin Mary was only mother of Christ and not of God.
Saint Cyril presided over the Third Ecumenical Council in Ephesus, where by his most wise words, he put to shame and convicted Nestorius by confessing the fact that Virgin Mary is the mother of God Word.
In his closing, Mr. Nektarios underlined the fact that both Holy Fathers encourage us to awaken spiritually in order not to be carried away by the secular life and see God as He really is, while communicating with Him.
At the end of the Divine Liturgy, his Eminence ordained as an Archimandrite the monk, father Evdokimos Skoulikas, pastor of the Church of Saint Athanasios, in the village of Ano Korakiana, mentioning his love, humble spirit and dedication to the local Church.