Crete church rebuilt one year after deadly earthquake

Arkalochori, Crete, Greece, July 26, 2022

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The reconstruction of a church on the island of Crete that was destroyed in an earthquake last September is a great joy and “spiritual event” for the local faithful, says Metropolitan Andreas of Arkalochori.

The Church of the Prophet Elijah in the city of Arkalochori that was rocked by a 6.0-magnitude earthquake last year was restored to its former glory in less than a year.

The re-consecration is set for September 27, exactly one year after the earthquake hit, reports

“The restoration of the church is a spiritual event, because the human desire of the faithful of Arkalochori and of the entire region is to see the house of the Prophet Elijah on the hill of the same name, and it expresses the Divine will as a visible blessing of Heaven on Earth,” Met. Andreas said during the Divine Liturgy on the church’s patronal fast on July 20.

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Though the reconstruction was fraught with difficulties, government agencies and officials and other benefactors and volunteers worked hard to ensure the restoration of the church.

During the service, Met. Andreas spoke about how the church was initially built by Georgios Charalambakis in 1927, who had a vision while seriously ill in the ICU. An old man told him: “You’ll be fine, and you’ll go to Arkalochori. Build my house there.”

Unfortunately, Iakovos Tsagarakis, 62, who had made a vow to “save the church and preserve it,” fell from the church during the earthquake and was crushed by the rubble. May his memory be eternal!

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Panagiotis7/27/2022 4:44 am
+++ May the Memories of Georgios Charalambakis and Iakovos Tsagarakis be Eternal +++. The dream that the gentleman had back in 1927 was authentic. We know that God and the spirits of our ancestors communicate with some of us through dreams.... They rebuilt the Church, and I am so proud of my people. God bless them! I hope and pray that they say Strong Orthodox and strong conservative. I know they will reject the no good liberal garbage movements like feminism, abortion, drug use, sodomite marriage, transgenderism, environmental nonsense, and other garbage movements, and they will never accept the ecumenical nonsense movement! We were Orthodox long before the weak protestants even knew what Christianity was. We must remain Strong Orthodox, and we must stay united with our Orthodox Brothers in other Orthodox Lands. United we will stand, but divided we will fall, and that is what our enemies want. Glory be to our God! THOXA SI O THEOS, THOXA SI!........ Just my humble opinion.
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