On Thursday, February 1, 2018, his Eminence, the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands, Mr. Nektarios did the Divine Liturgy in the Church of Holy Trinity, which has as a second monastery the celebrating Saint Trypho the Martyr, in the village of Kato Pavliana.
In his preaching, the Bishop of Corfu mentioned that at the time when Saint Trypho lived, faith in Christ was under persecution, from the then established order.
Christians were considered as extremists and thus, were tortured and died because they did not offer sacrifices to idols and did not worship the Emperor. The element that gave strength to Christians was their stable faith to the Savior Christ. With their belief in the Resurrected Christ, their fear of death had been eliminated from their hearts. This was also the mission of the Word to the World, the overcoming of death.
Saint Trypho, continued his Eminence, was constantly studying God’s word and praying. Christ acted through Saint Trypho with the miracles he did. The Roman Authorities were not pleased with this and thus, arrested and led him to terrible tortures in order to make him bend mentally and deny Christ. Saint Trypho not only did not deny Christ but also confessed Him with boldness and thus, Christ gave him the crown of martyrdom. God glorifies back those who worship Him.
Furthermore, Mr. Nektarios noted that modern times are similar to those of Saint Trypho. Today, Faith in Christ is being persecuted from various opposing centres and we, as baptized Christians have the duty to remain loyal to our Orthodox Faith. We are not invited to express our faith with our blood but with our conscience.
In his closing, his Eminence encouraged the faithful Christians to imitate the life and courage of Saint Trypho by boldly confessing our only hope, Jesus Christ.