Corfu, August 11, 2016
An island-wide procession with the relics of St.
Sypridon of Trimythous was held on Corfu. Many took part
in the procession, not just residents of Corfu but also
pilgrims from other areas of Greece and abroad. The
faithful processed around the old section of the city of
Kerkyra. The relics of the saint were lying in a
specially-prepared crystal reliquary.
The procession was led by clergy of the island,
accompanied by a number of philharmonic orchestras,
including the famous orchestra “St. Spyridon.”
During the procession along the streets of Kerkyra the
festive ringing of the bells in all churches of the island
never ceased. According to famous tradition, the residents
scattered the street with laurel branches and hung carpets
from their balconies.
In 1716 the island was besieged and blocked by a large
Turkish army. The forty-day confrontation wore down the
strength of the local inhabitants. Hoping for Divine
intercession, the helpless people gathered in the Church
of St. Spyridon and tearfully lifted up prayers to the
saint. Suddently, on the night of August 10 there erupted
a terrible storm, and on the sea was the most severe
storm. Preparing themselves for the decisive battle, the
island inhabitants learned of the great miracle that
occurred in the night. Eyewitnesses said that St. Sypridon
with an innumerable host of angels banished the
multitudinous Turkish army from the island.