A day at the Holy Metochi Panayiopoula
It happens so often that our Lady, as the good directress, guides people - strangers and pilgrims on this earth - to the calm haven of the Metochi, in the centre of busy Corfu Town. The Virgin Theotokos our intercessor:
It is a revelation to see how the Theotokos cares for us all.
Its true that there is an ever growing number of those who have benefitted from the grace of the Mother of God. Some have walked into a job; some have studied a little English or computer; some undertook a Red Cross nursing course; some are discovering the value of reading the Lives of the Saints and other Orthodox texts. They experience a sense of 'belonging', being members of the one Church, finding acceptance not examination. This sense of belonging is in fact a form of Christian brotherly love.
Children in the area are perpetually in and out. They light their candles, worship the icons, then settle down in a corner for reading, sometimes painting or creating. There are children of tender age with inadequate family situations and they are regular visitors. There are many young mothers who come with their babies and develop a stronger regard for the Church. Every baby is OUR baby too.
The Panayiopoula is small therefore the amount of help is limited. Yet everyone who enters to revere the Odigitria, receives Her loving help.
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