Vesper at the Holy Church of Saint Spyridon
On Saturday, August 10, 2019, a Vesper took place at the Holy Church of Saint Spyridon on the occasion of remembering Saint’s miracle, with their Eminences, the Bishop of Larissa, Mr. Ieronymos, the Bishop of Syros, Tinos, Andros, Kea, Mykonos, Milos, Sifnos, Serifor, Kithnos, Kimolos, Folegandros and Sikinos, Mr. Dorotheos, Thessaliotidos and Fanariofersalon, Mr. Timotheos, Stagon and Meteoron, Mr. Theoklitos, Philippon, Neapoleos, Thasos, Mr. Stefanos and the local one, Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands, Mr. Nektarios.
The Bishop of Corfu welcomed the island of Saint Spyridon and thanked both Hieronymus and the other Hierarchs, pointing out the need to revisit Agios Spyridon again in the difficult time we live in, which is dominated by the spiritual and spiritual domination. . The Saint was an advocate of the Orthodox and an opponent of the Orthodox. He has safeguarded and continues to safeguard good faith by being our ambassador to the throne of the Lord, conveying our requests for salvation. The year 1716 put an end to the unfaithful Agarineans who intended to enslave the Corfu and expand the Ottoman Empire. With the miraculous intervention of Saint Spyridon the Ottoman fleet was sunk. The saint guarded not only the Orthodox faith but also the European borders, which were then threatened by the Islamic hordes. According to the testimonies of the Turks themselves, a nun appeared above the old fortress holding a cross in his hand and exiled them.
Mr. Nektarios further emphasized that Saint Spyridon is an ecumenical Saint. It is no coincidence that hundreds of believers from all Orthodox countries are flooding the Sacred Pilgrimage. That is why he works miraculously, daily, on all those people who humbly trust their lives in our Lord Jesus Christ in our only response.
Concluding, His Holiness deeply thanked Fr Hilarion and Fr Nicodemus who came from Mount Athos to honor the Saint, as well as the great benefactors of the Holy Spirits of Saint Spyridon, namely Constantinos Savel and Abbess Alexandra, both from Belarus.
Concluding, Mr. Hieronymos wished that Saint Spyridon would praise our homeland.