On the occasion of starting the Orthodox Christian Book Exhibition, an event was held on Saturday afternoon, March 10, 2019 in the Spiritual Centre on the following topic: “Before the night falls: Searching for the whys of life”, by Mr. Elefterios Eleftheriadis, author and psychologist.
There was also a Blessing Service by his Eminence, the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands, Mr. Nektarios.
Mr. Nektarios mentioned in his speech that the local Church during this year, gives people the opportunity to immerse themselves into books and expansions both of Theological and Ecclesiastical Life in order to get strength.
The alive testimony of Christ is the writing which interprets God’s Word and the Fathers’ words too. As Orthodox Christians we can greatly from books which have been largely contemptuous in our time, where people have replaced the study of the book by browsing the internet. The book, however, has value over time and is always up-to-date in our lives.
In his closing, his Eminence welcomed the author, Mr. Eleftheriadis and pointed out the great importance of the science of psychology, in relation to God.
Next one to talk was the Protopresbyter father Themistoklis Mourtzanos, General Prelatic Warden of the Holy Metropolis of Corfu, who prefaced the book of Mr. Eleftherios Eleftheriadis. Father Themistoklis noted that the One who gives meaning to people’s lives is Christ. Humans who are close to the source of life, God, have also life. On the contrary, those who distance themselves from Christ, walk in their lives, without compass and meaning. Life and interpersonal relations are only seen as a relationship with God and the fellow people.
Then the author of the book took the floor and ascertained that the root of all our problems today is the disorganization. Humans fail to answer to existential questions such as where they come from, where they go to and what the meaning of their lives is. Mr. Elefteriadis used as a basis the parable of the Prodigal Son and stressed the importance of returning to the paternal house, God.
In his closing, the author underlined that the title of the book “Before the night falls” is about death. We are all invited during our short lives to answer the aforementioned existential questions and not to evade the fear of death, added Mr. Eleftheriadis.
Lastly, it should be noted that the exhibition will run from 10 to 18 March and the opening hours are the following: 10 am in the morning to 2 p.m. and 5.30 p.m. in the afternoon to 9 p.m. at the Spiritual Centre (Akadimias 2).