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Vesper for Saint Nektarios

In the Holy Pilgrimage of the Saint and miracle worker Spyridon, on the afternoon of Monday, November 8, 2021, a great solemn Vespers was celebrated, officiated by His Eminence the Bishop of Corfu, Paxos and the Diapontian Islands, Mr. Nektarios.on the occassion of Saint Nektarios celebration day.

During the vespers, a procession from the relics of Saint Nektarios took place inside the sanctuary, while the Divine Word was preached by Father. Themistoklis Mourtzanos, General Hierarchical Commissioner of the Holy Metropolis. The speaker pointed out that Saint Nektarios did in his life the “for me and the gospel”, which Christ asked of the faithful, raised his cross and carried the shame of the Lord untouched until the end of his life. He pointed out that the saint never left the Church, although he was bitter against man, he never stopped offering his gifts for the people, for the youth, for the monks, serving not as the first, but as the last, while facing the trials not as a cause of sorrow, but as a cause of further confidence in the will of God. “Take care of the Paradise that the Holy Spirit installs in you, do not turn it into hell in search of your righteousness”, he advises everyone and remained faithful to “me” until the end, which is why he was called “the man of God” . The speaker on behalf of the clergy and the people wished happy birthday to the celebrating Metropolitan of Corfu and asked him to pray to the saint for the people whom he theologically shepherds, so that we all remain in the Church, given that many declare that their own views are more important of those of the Church.

Addressing the clergy and the people of God, the Metropolitan of Corfu Mr. Nektarios praised the name of God who guided the steps of his life, who claimed to have as a gift paternity, which he strives to maintain both to the clergy and people. He asked everyone to pray so that he would consider the wisdom of Christ and simply preach the truth of the faith. Saint Nektarios shows us that all people are called to lift the cross that God’s love allows us to have, but without Golgotha ​​and the cross there is no resurrection. The saint was not canonized because the authorities rushed to proclaim him, but he was recognized by the conscience of the people. It works wonders. It interprets the circumstances of our lives and leads us to the path of eternal homeland. He is a universal saint, a saint who moves everyone!

“I am a prisoner of your love, brothers, I feel the responsibility towards God, but also the joy of coexistence. I am begging for you in God, but I also ask that we accompany you with love in the life of the Church and your bishop is always in your heart and in the sacred altar. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart “, concluded Mr. Nektarios.

At the end of the Vespers, Mr. Nektarios accepted the wishes of the clergy and the crowd that participated in the procession.

On the morning of the holy day, November 9, 2021, the hierarchical divine service will be performed at the Holy Metropolitan Church of the Most Holy Theotokos Spilaiotissa.

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