Saint Spyridon Corfu

La Casa Del Nonno a Corfu

Saint Spyridon Corfu

The apartment is only 5 min on foot from St. Spyridon’s Church. St. Spyridon was born in 270 a.D. in a relatively prosperous shepherds’ family. Although he received education, he didn’t quit the family tradition and kept making a living as a shepherd. He was a good and honest man full of love for his fellow one. On Sundays and Feast Days he would take his fellow shepherds to the church in order to explain the word of God. Often he would protect widows and orphans. He got married to a pious woman and had a daughter, Irene. Soon though he lost his wife, and, in order to soothe his soul, Spyridon dedicated himself even more to the God’s word. After a long exhortation, Spyridon was ordinate priest. St. Spyridon rested on the 12th of December 350 a. D.

St Spyridon Church

The church that houses the saint’s relic nowadays was built in 1589 a.D. and it is a single-nave basilica. Its tall bell tower was added to the church in 1620. The present-day iconostasis made of marble from the island of Paros was created in 1864 by the Austrian architect Mauers. Its icons were painted by the Corfiot Spyros Prosalendis while the ceilings icons were painted by the also Corfiot Nicolaos Aspiotis. The present day sarcophagus, ordered in Vienna, is wooden with silver leaf trim. It is located into the crypt, which was specifically created to host St. Spyridon’s relic – a relic worshipped by thousands of pilgrims both local and foreigners. It is one of the 3 incorruptible relics in the Ionian Islands, together with those of St. Gerasimos and St. Dionisios.

Processions

The relics are take in procession 4 times a year.

Every Palm Sunday celebrating the island’s remission from the plague disease in 1629.

Every Easter Saturday the relics are take in procession in thanks for the relief of the island from famine.

The 11th of August in memory of the deliverance of the island from the Turks after the month-long siege of 1716 and every November’s first Sunday, the Saint's intervention in saving the island from plague a second time (1673) is commemorated.

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