The Pedagogical Principles of the Three Hierarchs
On the afternoon of Wednesday January 30, 2019, the Parents’ School and the Tutorial for the Executives and Catechists of the Holy Metropolis of Corfu organized an event for the Three Hierarchs at the Spiritual Center, with Archimandrite father. Timothy Georgios, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of V. M. Platytera with the subject: The Pedagogical Principles of the Three Hierarchs.
In his greeting, the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands, Mr. Nektarios thanked Father Timothy and noted that the teaching of the Three Hierarchs is timeless. Particularly in our time when alienation and spiritual confusion prevail, we need to resort to the inexhaustible wealth we have as Orthodox Christians that is no other than the Fathers of our Church. The Fathers had no inspiration only when they wrote and spoke, but illumination by the Holy Spirit.
Furthermore, the Bishop of Corfu referred to the tragic situation in our country, with the successive retreats of the detainees in our national affairs. We have already sold out our Macedonia and the Aegean, Cyprus and Epirus. In all of the above, we are adding the population alteration of our people to the waves of refugees accepted by Greece. It is only by accident that the timing of the signature of the UN Pact on Immigration in Morocco last December cannot be considered. The families of refugees are granted both by the state and by the EU. normally the allowance. In contrast to Greek families, this allowance is not granted on the grounds of the economic weakness of the state, thereby discouraging new couples from becoming pregnant, while taking into account the terrible demographic problem that afflicts Greece. Two measures and two weights on the part of our state. With all this decay of our homeland we are saddened. But, as Orthodox, we have our hope in Jesus Christ, in Our Most Holy Theotokos and our Saints.
In his speech, Father Timothy thanked his Eminence and emphasized that the Three Hierarchs are those who, by their teaching and their living, formed the foundation upon which the Church was built. There were also the leading proponents of the Orthodox doctrine, but also very dear to the ecclesiastical community of ordinary people, whom they supported with love and charity. The Three Hierarchs address both the parents whom they consider to be the first teachers and educators of the children, as well as the teachers in the strict sense. It is also characteristic that the pedagogical views of the Saints are not only found in some of their specialized works, but are scattered across the whole range of their spiritual creation.
According to the Three Hierarchs, the first educators are parents, but they also consider the teacher to be a great actor. It is an art of educating children and young people and, in Gregory’s view, “art of science and science of all the sciences”. According to the Saints, the greatest pedagogical principle is the unselfish love of the educator, the parent and the teacher (and the Priest) towards his young disciples.
The Three Hierarchs were not just teachers, educators or teachers. There were first and foremost people who loved and profoundly hurt the human being, and lived through human things, not only the spiritual but also the physical and the physical.
In conclusion, Timothy stressed that the Three Hierarchs, because they understood education as a great reforming power, presented and taught it as an overall life proposition. For them, education was not only individual knowledge and lessons, philosophy or rhetoric or astronomy or theology or psychology, as in our time, a few general knowledge and a lot of specialization, but they were all together, a single and indivisible whole, body and soul education. The only purpose of children’s education, which is the cornerstone, is Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul defined us, “and the fathers of the children of the children of thee, thou shalt bring them to drink, and to the Lord” (Ephesians 6: 4).
At the end of the speech, Nektarios blessed and cut off the Vassilopita of the two Schools of the local Church.