Vesper at the Holy Church of Saint Spyridon

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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.

Afterwards, Mr. Ieronymos thanked the Bishop of Corfu for his turn and pointed out that we must first understand how Orthodoxy perceives the miracle. The truth is that our Church treats the miracle with great care, many times considering it as something dangerous. God made man free, and this freedom is not saved or encompassed by anyone except the Holy God. All the other great and tranquil people who talked about human freedom in the end trampled on her. Christ rescues human freedom in such a way that the Old Testament allows man to say to Him, “Go away from me God. I do not want to know Your spiritual path ”. Each time a miracle is performed, a reasonable impression is created and often there is excitement. It is a fact that every miracle is a test of human freedom. One cannot deny God when he sees the miracle. But Christ does not want us to necessarily accept Him. Many Christians are wondering, why does God work miracles among the non-religious? These miracles are those little “loopholes” that the Lord, in infinite love, opens to these people in order to attract them to truth and salvation. On the contrary, we who live on Divine Grace daily, enjoy the miracles through the mysteries of our Church. So we need no more miracles. When the Apostle Paul became ill and begged Christ to heal him, the Lord replied: “Enough for my sake. My power letter is running out ”. God works miracles when he cannot do otherwise. And in the case of the rescue of Corfu in 1716 by Saint Spyridon, Christ, through the saints’ embassies, sent a message to those who wished to violate the boundaries that God Himself had set down, to be restricted. And today there are many geopolitical rearrangements that result in wars of all kinds, with victims as always the weak in this world.

Concluding, Mr. Hieronymos wished that Saint Spyridon would praise our homeland.

 

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