Trial of Greek Metropolitan of Corfu who communed faithful during quarantine opens today

Corfu, Greece, October 19, 2020

Met. Nektarios entering the courthouse this morning Met. Nektarios entering the courthouse this morning     

Greek authorities opened a criminal case against His Eminence Metropolitan Nektarios of Corfu in April after he celebrated the Divine Liturgy under quarantine conditions on the feast of Palm Sunday and communed several faithful.

The restrictions did not prohibit communing a few faithful he said at the time, arguing that, “if we disconnect Holy Communion from the Sacrament of the Divine Liturgy, then we abolish the mission of the Church.”

The charges were brought by the Prosecutor of Corfu at the request of the Prosecutor of the Greek Supreme Court.

His trial opened today on the island of Corfu. 15 hierarchs of the Greek Orthodox Church have arrived on the island since yesterday to stand by their brother hierarch, reports Romfea.

A number of clergy and faithful also gathered outside the courthouse in support of their archpastor, shouting “Axios!” as he arrived.

Hierarchs, clergy, and faithful came out to support Met. Nektarios Hierarchs, clergy, and faithful came out to support Met. Nektarios     

Abbot Gabriel (Nikiforidis) of the Holy Monastery of St. Kyriaki commented outside the courthouse: “Today is a feast, Pascha, the Resurrection, because one of the 80 bishops stood up in these difficult days… The issue is the criminalization of Holy Communion.”

Met. Nektarios’ defense witnesses include His Eminence Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus, Fr. Nicholas Loudovikos, and Protopresbyter Themistoklis Mourtzanos.

Celebrating the Divine Liturgy yesterday, His Eminence entreated the prayers of his flock, and thanking them for their love, he stressed: “We are accused of the crime of having communed with believers … for having respected the voice of our conscience, and although we did not endanger public health, we did our highest duty to God, the Church and our people. We obey God’s orders. We feel sad because there is a general climate of fear, submission, and the abolition of freedom.”

“We say ‘God first!’ We respect and obey human laws when they do not conflict with the laws of our faith,” His Eminence added.

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Office of Rev Fred Nile MLC10/22/2020 1:46 am
Sirs, You may be interested to know that this report was quoted in an Adjournment Speech to the NSW Legislative Council, yesterday 21 October 2020. The transcript of the speech is available here: - Office of Rev Fred Nile MLC (NSW Parliament, Upper House)
Nikiforos Tzifakis10/21/2020 9:13 am
Ο καλός Θεός να τον προστατέψει από πειρασμό,λογισμό,και απο σατανική εμπόδιο στην Ζωή του,Ο Μιτροπολιτης Νεκτάριος από την κορφου,Ο Άγιος Νεκτάριος να τον προστατεύει πάντοτε ότι κάνει για τον Χριστός Ο Θεός,αμην+Δοξα Το Θεό,αμην+
Rev Father James and Irene Matta (MTh)10/20/2020 6:47 pm
Dear to Christ Metropolitan Nectarios: Greetings in Christ! We stand with you and with all who serve Christ and His Holy Commands. This is the fruit of ecumenism and this Sr who want “one Church: East and west”. Yet the grace of the apostles rests in His Spirit ( 1 Cor 11:19) By Whom we know those who teach righteousness and expose heretical innovators. Glory to God in His saints! Asking Your holy martyric prayer for us in America, Fr James and Irene
Anne10/19/2020 4:38 pm
God bless Metropolitan Nektarios of Corfu and may He grant him many years! His faith is a beacon to all true Orthodox believers across the world who also love and serve their Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Isidoro10/19/2020 3:04 pm
Loot at the messages on the banners: to the left: "His crime: loving Christ"; to the right: "The things of the Cesar to the Cesar, those of God to God".
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