The Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple celebrated in the Church of Holy Spyridon the Wonderworker
On Tuesday, November 21, 2017, in the Church of Holy Spyridon the Wonderworker, it was celebrated the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple and a Divine Liturgy was made.
The Divine Word was preached by the Archimandrite Ioustinos Konstantas, the Chancellor of the Holy Metropolis of Corfu. He pointed out that through Holy Spirit’s Grace, Ioakeim and Anna became parents in a very old age an brought to life Virgin Mary.
They did not keep God’s gift only for themselves, but they devote it to God. The humble girl from Nazareth gets inside the Church of Solomon and dwelt in the Temple for nine years. God gives her many gifts and Holy Spirit stays within her. Inside her, the Son and Word of God, Jesus Christ starts taking His human form as the second Part of Holy Trinity.
The humble Mary becomes the Theotokos, the Platytera of Heaven. Moreover, father Ioustinos noted that today we are invited to give back to God the gifts He has given us. Humanity walks into the dark because the modern humans choose only their ego, their self-love in this bad condition. They don’t dare to open their hearts, to love, to forgive. By giving to the other and back to God, the gifts he has, God sanctifies and multiplies them.
In his conclusion, father Ioustinos emphasized the fact that today’s Feast calls us to open our hearts both to God and our brothers so that our Lady will enlighten us and we will be able to choose Her way in our daily struggles.
In the end of the Divine Liturgy, the collie (boiled wheat, kolliva) was blessed.