On the Sunday before the Nativity of Christ, in the Byzantine Church of Saints Jason and Sosipatros in Corfu, built in the 11th century, where the tombs of the Saints are located on either side of the Holy Step, His Eminence the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands Mr. Nektarios did the Divine Liturgy. .
This Divine Liturgy has been instituted for many years as young parents who have baptized their children bring their children to the above Holy Temple and all participate together in the worship of God by instructing the new children in the love of Jesus Christ. At the end of the Divine Liturgy, a small Christmas party is held for the young children with the participation of the children ‘s choir of Corfu with choreographer Mrs. Christina Kalliaridou and gifts are distributed to the little friends of our local church.
During the Divine Liturgy, His Eminence ordained the deacon Christos Vrachliotis, a married man and father of two children. Father Christos graduated from the dental school in Bucharest, but never practiced the profession because his inclination and love for God led him to church. During the ordination, His Eminence addressed the candidate elder and invited him to consider the responsibility of the priesthood by which God himself invites him to this work. The priesthood is performed on earth, it has no heavenly order according to St. Chrysostomos. The work that you undertake is the work of God that through the sacraments of the church the spiritual renewal of the people of God takes place and in order to do this I remind you of the faith of the fathers, not only of the new testament but also of the old one, which the Apostle Paul addresses. today, that this people the beloved of God came to worship in Bethlehem Jesus Christ the incarnate word of God, born of the Most Holy Theotokos, through difficulties and adversities in their lives. It took three periods from the creation of the first man Adam, fourteen generations in each period to reach the new Adam Jesus Christ. And all by faith, and Abraham, obeying the call of God, leaving his homeland, dwelt in the Promised Land. And all the fathers who were martyred by faith denounced the kingdom, shut the mouths of lions, extinguished the power of fire, but with faith and the expectation of the coming of God. I wish you this faith which is experience and inner strength to dominate your life, to receive strength from the grace of God and your love through faith in God to serve the people of this age, that we have all been deceived and transferred our interest in modern culture believing in the power of money, in the power of power. You have the responsibility to lead people who are spiritually thirsty to the path of Grace and to show them salvation through the embassies of all the local Saints.
At the end of the Divine Liturgy, His Eminence ordained as a first presbyter Fr. Spyridon Garnelis who has united the parish of Saint Jason and Sosipatros.