Corfu, Greece, February 17, 2021
St. Luke of Simferopol, affectionately known as “the Blessed Surgeon,” is highly venerated in Greece, where he is known to have worked many miracles. And soon, a new church in his honor will appear at the hospital on the Greek island of Corfu.
Metropolitan Nektarios blessing the foundation stone of the future church. Photo: romfea.gr His Eminence Metropolitan Nektarios of Corfu consecrated and laid the foundation stone for the future Church of Sts. Irene and Luke of Simferopol on Monday afternoon. The church will be built at the expense of the Metropolis of Corfu, reports Romfea.
Many bureaucratic difficulties had to be overcome to begin the construction of the church that will serve the spiritual needs of the doctors and nursing staff, patients, attendants, and visitors of the hospital.
The ceremony took place in the presence of the Deputy Minister of Health and other public officials and the hospital staff. His Eminence thanked the state for giving permission and facilitating the project.
OrthoChristian previously reported that having undergone a miraculous operation at the hands of St. Luke of Simferopol, Metropolitan Gennadios of Botswana of the Patriarchate of Alexandria traveled to Panagia Dobra Monastery in Veria, Greece, to celebrate the Divine Liturgy in the Church of St. Luke the Surgeon as a sign of gratitude and to fulfill a personal vow.