Bishop of Corfu, Nektarios “Without Christ, Greece cannot survive”
On Sunday, December 17, 2017, his Eminence, the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands, mr. Nektarios did the Diving Liturgy in the Church of Saints Iasonas and Sosipatros, with the presence of the newly- baptized, for the seventh consecutive year.
In his preaching, the Bishop of Corfu analyzed the day’s part of the Gospel while underlining the fact that the Dinner of the parable is the Kingdom of God in the Sky. The man who gave the great banquet, Jesus Christ, invites three categories of people. Firstly, the chosen people of God, who rejected it and decided to crucify the Lord of Glory. The second invitation is addressed to Greeks, the idolaters. Their great philosophers talked about the coming of Messiah to this world, through the so-called “seminal word”. Finally, the third invitation is addressed to the repentants, who seek the Divine Mercy with deep sadness about their sins.
Moreover, his Eminence addressed to the new parents. After expressing his great joy, he urged them to nurture their children towards Christ. The responsibility that parents have in particularly today is enormous. They are called to form human characters in a world which denies God and is opposed to Him. He mentioned especially our country, Greece, which is constantly beaten by the various factors of globalization and pointed out the fact that it will not be able to survive and recover without Christ. The connecting link of our society, the one who kept our Nation united for so many centuries has always been the Orthodox Faith. It is our duty to transfer this Faith as it is to the next generations.
After the end of the Divine Liturgy, the Church was filled with children’s voices. The Children’s Choir of Corfu, under the direction of Ms. Christina Kaliaridou, sang Christmas Carols from all over the world.
Mr. Nektarios congratulated both Ms. Kaliaridou and the President of Corfu’s Choir, mr. Takis Metallinos, for the high level of the Choir, while mentioning that the human who cultivates the gift that (s)he has, does nothing more than to offer it back with gratitude to the one who gave it to him/her; that is Christ.
Lastly, the Bishop of Corfu gave some small gifts-blessings- to the children.