On Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 a clerical meeting took place in the Spiritual Centre of the Holy Metropolis of Corfu on the following subject: “Triodion and preparation for the Holy Lent. Listing of Holy Heirlooms of old churches.”
In his speech, his Eminence, the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands, Mr. Nektarios analyzed the speech of Saint Vasileios “Take care of yourself” and encouraged the priests of the local Church, especially during the Triodion period that we are going through, to pray more, to control themselves more and in general their spiritual struggle. The priests’ way of living consists a life example for all the other people, either for imitation or for avoidance, in those occasions where they scandalize the loyal people with their actions. So our Lord is very strict as far as scandalizing people is concerned. The worst thing is for the priests when they scandalize other people! Priests should be particularly careful, to have God’s fear along with zeal in order to serve the souls that Christ trusted them with.
Moreover, Mr. Nektarios presented to the priests the official position of the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece as far as the recent topic on Skopje’s name is concerned. Through the centuries, our Holy Church played an active role in our Nation’s struggles. It was like an affectionate mother who warns her children for the dangers that threaten them. For this reason, the Holy Metropolis of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands issued a resolution not only for the Skopje but also for the imposition of holiday on the day of three Hierarchs by the Ministry of Education.
The resolution follows:
The Clergy of the Holy Metropolis of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands gathered today, Wednesday January 31st, 2018 in the Spiritual Centre of the Holy Metropolis for the usual Clerical Meeting under the presidency of his Eminence, our Bishop, Mr. Nektarios and had a conversation, particularly worried for two topics: our position on including the term “Macedonia” in Skopje’s name and the declaration of holiday on the day of Three Hierarchs’ feast. After the conversation
Our Clerical Meeting unanimously decides:
Following the resolution, Archimandrite father Ioustinos Konstantas, Chancellor of the Holy Metropolis of Corfu talked about issues related to the normal functioning of the local Church.
Then, Mr. Spyridon Andriotis, responsible for the new website of the Holy Metropolis of Corfu presented the new functions of it to his Eminence and the priests.
Lastly, there was a presentation about listing, preserving and digitalizing the holy heirloom of the historical Church of Holy Fathers in Corfu Town. Main Speakers were the following: Mr. Ioannis Tsiouris, Archaeologist- Professor, Mr. Dimitrios Alklif and Mrs. Ekaterini Katsi, members of the scientific team of Social Collective Business “Pantokrator”. In particular, in the church of Holy Fathers were listed the following: 193 portable sacred images, 35 Liturgical Books, 76 Liturgical Items, 30 Holy Vestments and 21 folk art items (buckles, offerings etc.)