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THE VESPER OF SAINT THEODORA THE EMPRESS

On the occasion of Saint Theodora the Empress, protector of the island along with Saint Spyridon, Corfu has organised a two-day celebration. Her relic is kept undamaged at the Metropolitan Church of Virgin Mary the Spilaiotissa and Saint Vlassios, whose relic is also in the same church.

The feast began in the afternoon Monday, February 10, 2020, with Archiepiscopal Vespers, celebrated by His Eminence the Bishop of Edessa, Pella and Almopia Mr. Joel and their Eminences the Bishops of Philadelphia Mr. Meliton, Nazareth Mr Kyriakou and the local one, the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian islands, Mr Nektarios. The right choir was sung by the choir of the Church of Ecclesiastical Music of the Holy Metropolis of Corfu SAINT ARSENIOS, under the direction of the chorister Mr. Nikolaos Makropoulos.

Addressing the invited Hierarchs, His Eminence the Bishop Nektarios expressed his joy and emotion for their presence and coordination. He asked the Bishop of Philadelphia Mr. Meliton to convey the respect and love of both himself and the people of Corfu to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who had blessed both Corfu and the Corfiots with his presence 6 years ago.. At the same time, he thanked the Bishop of Edessa for the composition of the prayer of Saint Theodora, as well as the praises in Her honor, and expressed his pleasure for the presence of the Corfiot, Bishop of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem Nazareth Mr. Kyriakos.

In his sermon, the Bishop of Edessa, referring to the saint’s life, emphasized that the saints lived in the century. He used biblical references from Christ’s dialogue with the scribes and Pharisees from John the Gospel and the living testimony of the abolished Jewish general Abraham, the testimony of the prophets Moses and Helios of the Transfiguration, and the martyrs . He exhorted the faithful to imitate the saint in the life of repentance and purification and invoke its embassies.

On the morning of Tuesday, February 11, 2010, the Divine Liturgy will be attended by  Mr. Meliton, Bishop of Philadelphia, who will preach the Divine Speech.

 

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