The Albanian Orthodox Church
The feast of August 6th, metamorphosis of Christ, is one of the major events that is celebrated in our Church and as such, this feast, with all the majesty that it merits, was celebrated in the Metropolis of Gjirokastra. Particularly, in the church that bears the name of this special day, which is located in the museum part of the city, dozens of believers come from Gjirokastra and surrounding areas, and attended church services led by Metropolitan Demetrios. The church was decorated with objects from the church that are also traditional of Gjirokastra, creating a truly festive environment. Christ reveals His glory at this feast, so the feast requires deep understanding, especially in spiritual terms.
The sermon was given by the priest Jani Mërkuri, who stressed that the message of the day means to be changed; our lives are to be a metamorphosis. “To unclothe the old man, and to clothe the new one, as says the apostle Paul. To be changed by faith, repentance, baptism, forgiveness” – said Father Jani. At the end of the ceremony, the believers sang Christian songs and took part in the cocktail for this occasion.