Panayiopoula Church, Corfu
Panayiopoula Church, Corfu


June

Certainly a rich month, crowned by the The Sunday of Pentecost. Time to invest in the Book of this period, to read the history, to examine the icons. You have one whole week of free eating, then the fast of the Holy Apostles.

June has day after day of notable saints. What do you know of St. Eusebios? (22/6) He was devout and determined to fight the Arians. He thought of many ways to destroy those Arians, once when confronted he offered both his hands to be chopped off. Unfortunately, one Arian killed our Eusebios by throwing a roof tile at him. There are many monks who take his name, we even have bishops called Eusebios in key places.

Also a lesser known Saint, St. Michael the Gardener (30/6) a new martyr. He refused to renounce his belief to the Turks. They finally chopped off his head. Good to remember him when you gather flowers from your garden. 

So many saints, events, and reminders to do good to others. Making Kolluva, that boiled wheat, is only a symbol. Take a generous gift to a child's home, visit the sick, do something for less abled.

Usually we are so self occupied, we only extend help to those nearby. In all sincerity who did you last help? Οur plate of Boiled Wheat we make more for congratulations than for relief of the dead.

A pleasant month. Enjoyable and lovely to live. Happy, happy month - June is to be enjoyed.

August 23 - Festival of The Odigitria

As at every monastery, so too at the Holy Metochi the celebration of the Saint to whom the monastery is dedicated is the most significant day in the year. 

In the case of the Metochi, our Patroness is the Holy Virgin and Mother of God, the Odigitria, who in this area is called the Panayiopoula. All year in our thoughts and prayers we call to  her to bestow her grace on us.

The 23rd of August is the Return Feast of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, the 9th day, and worshippers venerate a small icon of the Dormition, showing the All-Holy settled on her deathbed surrounded by apostles, hierarchs and angels.

Leading up to the day the church is scrubbed, polished and decorated. The Altar is covered with a richly embroidered cloth only used for this festival, flowers fill every corner and rows of flags are strung up and down the street. The  beloved and grace-filled icon of the Panayiopoula is framed in priceless handmade lace.

Celebrating the Panagia Odigitria

The church which so many describe as having a 'soul' is very small, so chairs outside in the quiet street soon fill up with locals and some from further away.

Each Service is officiated by the Hegumen of the Holy Monastery Platytera.

'All generations shall call me blessed'  Luke 1, 48. That is why we call and pray for her help, our Ever-Virgin Mother. All Holy Theotokos intercede for us.

The church can be contacted by writing to PO Box 532, Corfu, 49100 Greece or by email at info@corfu-odigitria.com.


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