An Irish Welcome

Céad Míle Fáilte friend and rover ...
Wherever you come from and whosoever you may be.
That's an Irish greeting and it means

you are welcome
a thousand times over.

Friday, December 11, 2009

My humble father St Spyridon


Saint Spyridon the Wonderworker, Bishop of Tremithus

Star of Corfu and luminary of the Church,
Holy Spyridon, defender of the Faith,
Simple as a child, innocent as a child-
By his simplicity, he shines on the world.
What need is there for many words when speaking the truth?
Utterly simple is God's truth:
The Creator is One, in the Holy Trinity,
In the Trinity, Father, Son and Spirit.
The Son descended to the sinful earth
And received flesh from the Pure Virgin
In order to save men, because He is the Lover of Mankind.
He performed many miracles
By divine power, for He is Almighty.
To mankind He gave a new rule,
The rule of love and the rule of faith.
Glorified, He now sits in heaven,
And gathers the fruit of His labor.
The sweet fruits of His labor
Are holy men and holy women.
He is the Rock of mankind's salvation;
Outside this Rock there is no salvation.
O Spyridon, O illuminator,
O soldier of Christ, pray for us.


  1. I`ve been in Kerkyra(Corfu Town) - where the relics of the Saint are - last summer and I am quite confident in Saint Spyridon`s help, given to the people who asks his prayers. I felt his protection and I deeply thank God for hearing Saint Spyridon intermediate for me. I hope he `ll do the same for everybody.

  2. {{{Iuliana}}} thank you for sharing that! I really thank you from my heart - he did the same for me when I visited him in 1994; I think he has two fans who are confident in his humility and love :-)

    What I do know is that what I experienced with him in his church has sustained me for the last 15 years at the most darkest moments of despair in my life ... I just remember "it" and all my hope comes rushing back and tears overwhelm me at how LOVING this Saint is, he IS a TRUE father! Tender ... very tender.

  3. I am so glad for you, the kindness of our Lord touch our hearts when His Saints help us, their humble brothers, hurt by so many pains and passions. Thursday night I`ll be at a Christmas Carrol concert and I`ll try to think about you in a little prayer, for the Christians in the whole world are together in their hearts in Christ, our Lord. I hope you would fell the joy and be happy with us. Merry Christmas to you and your family! May Saint Spyridon protect us all!