On Sunday, August 12, 2018, in the Holy Church of Saint Spyridon the Wonderworker, a Panegyrical Archieratic Divine Liturgy took place.
The following bishops were present: of Kaisariani, Vyron and Ymittos, Mr. Daniel, of Serres and Nigrita and the local one, of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands, Mr. Nektarios.
The preaching was made by the Bishop of Kaisariani, Mr. Daniel who used as his basis the Epistle’s Reading of the day, the first epistle to the Corinthians of Saint Paul, noted that the genuine spiritual father is proved by by the offering, the deprivation, the labors and the sacrifices he has made for his spiritual children. The Apostle of the Nations says specifically:
“For you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.” In other words, this characteristic, the seal that differentiates the true Apostle of Christ from the various deceivers is the total number of believers who have accepted the Lord as their God, have been baptized in the name of the Holy Trinity and are spiritually struggling.
On the contrary, as happened at the time of Apostle Paul, today we observe a part of people fighting against the spiritual fathers within the Body of Christ, accusing them and pestering them unjustly. We must not forget, however, that malignity is part of people’s character as the people who took the decision to go with Jesus Christ. The examples of our Faith’s Saints are numerous.
In conclusion, Mr. Daniel urged the faithful to pay due respect to the spiritual fathers and to pray for those who have the responsibility for the souls that the Lord has called them.
At the end of the Divine Liturgy, the Bishop of Corfu, Mr Nektarios, thanked the hierarchs and the faithful who honored the Saint, wishing that the Grace of the Protector of the island to enlighten their lives.