The Second Part of the Akathist Hymn and Small Compline in Avliotes
On Friday, March 2, 2018 the Second Part of the Akathist Hymn and Small Compline took place in the Holy Church of Virgin Mary the Odigitria in Avliotes by His Eminence, the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands, Mr. Nektarios.
In his preaching, the Bishop of Corfu used as his basis a verse of the Akathist Hymn: “Rejoice, for you have caused the worship of fire to cease;
Rejoice, releaser from the flames of passions.”
And noted that our Virgin Mary even though she received within Her the fire of salvation, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, she was not burned. Through Theotokos, God become human, was crucified and resurrected from the Dead, eliminating at the same time the ultimate enemy of human, who is no other than death.
Moreover, his Eminence underlined that our Lady stopped the worshipping of the fire which had prevailed during the ancient times and especially during the Babylonian captivity of the Jews, when king was Nebuchadnezzar.
This ruler who refused and fought the true God, threw into the fiery furnace for punishment the three men who with their deep faith did not get burned. This is another early depiction of the Virgin Mary, in the Old Testament.
Also, Mr. Nektarios stressed that the century we are living is characterized as a fraudster. The modern, post- innovative human has been deceived by the so-called progressiveness and the simultaneous rejection of Christ from his life.
The modern human believed only in his/her own strengths and as a result, he/she failed. In this spiritual downfall, the political leaderships that have given and continue to unfairly give false promises to the people, turning them into slaves, like the Jews in Egypt, could not be absent.
In his closing, his Eminence called on the faithful Christians to return to the only stamina of this world, Jesus Christ, our Lady Theotokos and the Saints of our Orthodox Faith in order our century to become a century of faith, love and joy. Only then each person’s life will find meaning.