The First Vesper during the Lent in the Holy Metropolis of Corfu
On Sunday afternoon, Mrach 10, 2019 the Vesper of the Apology took place with his Eminence, the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands, Mr. Nektarios, at the Holy Church of Saint Spyridon the Wonderworker.
The Divine Reason was proclaimed by his Eminence with the subject of “Innocence and forgiveness: preconditions for the Holy and Great Fifty-one.” Our Holy Church introduces us to the stage of virtues, in which we fight against sin and temptation, against our passionate situation. Everyone is influenced by the envious enemy of the human race, the devil. In our everyday lives, we often come across disagreements, quarrels, conflicts, even ones, from which we are mentally injured. In such situations, peace is lost between us, and the connection of brotherhood, friendship and ultimately love is shaken. Coldness is set in us. Antipathy and evil lie in our lives. On the other hand, we do not have a willingness to talk to the one who made us feel this way. We do not want to look at his eyes and we can not forget what he did to us. In this way we become cold-hearted and evil.
In addition, the Bishop of Corfu stated that during the Divine Liturgy of Sunday of the Cheesefare Sunday, in the churches part of the Lord’s on-the-mouth speech is read. There Christ emphasizes precisely the meaning of forgiveness. If we leave the offenses of our brothers, our Heavenly Father will also forgive us. And vice versa, if we do not forgive the sins of our brothers, neither will God forgive us. The above word of the Lord is not just, but too philanthropic.
Even Mr. Nektarios gave as an example of independence and incompetence Joseph the Pagkalus, who was offended and sold by his own brothers. Joseph, however, not only did not keep his brothers in vain, but as a man of God, he forgave them. Joseph the Pagkalus, is an image of our Lord. Christ was betrayed, sold, abused, killed, but also raised from the dead, giving the human race eternal life. On the cross of the Cross, in His first word, he pleaded with the Heavenly Father to forgive His crosses. In Golgotha, God’s love, indifference and forgiveness shone. Christ’s interest is not in His Passion, but in others. His pain is for their own loss. Thus, forgiveness extends over all centuries and covers all people. All sinners when we fall into the mercy of God, we receive forgiveness, whatever our sins, whatever they may be. “Forgive them” is the constant intercession of the Lord toward the Heavenly Father in favor of all of us.
In his closing, his Eminence invited everyone to apologize in order for the lent to be better and no one to hold grudges against their fellow people.
In the end of the speech, the Bishop of Corfu greeted with apology the priests and the faitful people, as the tradition of our Church says, for the beginning of the spiritual fight.