Repentance begins by recalling spiritual wealth given us by God—Met. Nektarios of Corfu

Corfu, Greece, April 28, 2021


His Eminence Metropolitan Nektarios of Corfu of the Greek Orthodox Church celebrated the Bridegroom Matins service at the Panagia Ton Xenon (of the Foreigners) Church in Old Town Corfu last night, and offered the faithful a reflection on the lessons presented by the Church’s hymns.

Holy Wednesday presents us with two persons, he said. The first is the prostitute, who had an awareness of her own sin, for which she offered precious myrrh and wept and begged for Christ’s forgiveness. The second is Judas, who was condemned for his wickedness and hypocrisy—he never believed in almsgiving, but instead betrayed Christ, His Eminence emphasized, reports Romfea.

“Every sin is the rupture of our relationship with God, which is the cause of our existence. When man breaks his relationship with God, he is cut off from his root,” Met. Nektarios warned.

And it doesn’t matter what kind of sin we have, the hierarch of Corfu stressed, as they all separate us from God and reveal that we have misused the freedom given us by God.

But man is always capable of repentance, and repentance begins by recalling the spiritual wealth that God has given us, which helps us to realize our falls and the failures in our lives. The memory of God makes us sense His love again and frees us from the temptation and commitment of sin and evil and frees us from bondage.

The Hymn of Kassiani, sung in the services of Holy Wednesday, gives us the opportunity to realize that sin is healed through repentance and the love of God, which we can especially seek in the Church in these days, His Eminence concluded.

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