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Friday, January 25th 7-9 pm
Saturday, January 26th 10 am-4:00 pm Cultivating Communion in Marriage through Silence,Words and Deeds With Fr. Harry Pappas, PhD and Presvytera Kerry Pappas, MA, LMFT Registration Link
Friday,February 22 and Saturday, February 23, 2019 “The Light of Christ in our Homes: The Journey to Pascha” With Phil Mamalakis, PhD Event Flyer Registration Link
“Love one another”
“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Please join us for Liturgy tomorrow morning at 10am celebrating the life and witness of St. Spyridon (c. 270-348 AD). Those who went on pilgrimage to Greece this past Spring with Father Steve were blessed with the opportunity to venerate his relics on the island of Corfu.
The island of Corfu is home to the relics of St. Spyridon who was the bishop of Tremythous (today called Tremetousia) on the island of Cyprus. One of the most popular saints in the Greek Orthodox Church, he was a peasant farmer and a shepherd known for the depth of his faith as well as his humility, modesty, gentleness and love for others. A married man with one daughter, whose name was Irene, Spyridon became a monk following the death of his wife.
Eventually becoming a bishop, St. Spyridon continued to go about with a shepherd’s crook and wear a simple peasant’s hat made of willow twigs that, in icons, often serves to differentiate his figure from that of other bishops wearing more formal attire.
He attended the 1st Ecumenical Council that was held in Nicea (modern Turkey) in 325AD and took part in formulating the first part of what we today call the Nicene Creed. The many miracles of healing attributed to him both during his lifetime and following his death have earned him the epithet, “the Miracle-worker.”
Originally buried on the island of Cyprus, his relics were brought to Constantinople in the 7th century because of Arab Muslim incursions. This led to the spread of his story throughout the entire East Roman (Byzantine) world. After the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks in 1453, St. Spyridon’s relics were brought to the island of Corfu in 1489 by George Kalochairetis, a priest from a wealthy family. When Kalochairetis’ daughter Asimia was married into the prominent Voulgaris family of Corfu, she brought the relics with her as part of her dowry. Until 1577 the relics of St. Spyridon were housed in a church owned privately by the Voulgaris family. When this small church was demolished in the building of new fortifications for Corfu Town, his relics became the property of the Church and were transferred to their present site, in the Church of St. Spyridon, which was begun in 1589 and completed in 1596. The church is typical of Venetian architecture and its bell tower is the tallest structure in town.
The people of Corfu speak of St. Spyridon as the “protector” of their island and tell stories of his protection of Corfu from plague, famine and Ottoman domination. There are four processions with the relics of St. Spyridon that take place on Corfu each year: Palm Sunday, commemorating the deliverance of the island from a plague in 1630; Easter Saturday, commemorating the relief of the island from famine; August 11th, commemorating the deliverance of the island from the Turkish siege of 1716; and the first Sunday of November, commemorating deliverance from the famine of 1673.
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