Monday, October 19, 2015

Patronal Feast in Fili

Our sister GOC church to our ROCA: Patronal Feast at Fili Monastery in honor of Holy Martyrs Cyprian and Justina

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Fr. Gregory

Mon, Oct 19, 2015 at 4:12 PM
To: "Williams Fr. Gregory" <>

Apologies where this is a duplicate, but it does give some sense of "togetherness" (to borrow a word from my late mother-in-law).  The church building you see here was only just begun when I was there in early 2000 -- the older church, while still in use, had been badly damaged by a recent earthquake.  Eleni has been there a couple of times since my  visit, but whether this new church was by then completed I don't know.    If you know him, and persist far enough down in the photos, you'll find one of Bp. Ambrose.  Fr. Ioanniky/John seems to hidden himself from view (not surprising).

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Subject: General Sharing: (MANY beautiful photos!): Our sister GOC church to our ROCA: Patronal Feast at Fili Monastery in honour of Holy Martyrs Cyprian and Justina
Date: October 19, 2015 1:22:09 PM CDT

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GOC Greece: Patronal Feast in the Fili monastery in Attica, Greece, of the Holy Martyrs Cyprian and Justina. PHOTOS

Author: Vera nun incl. October 19, 2015. Published in the CPI Greece (Views: 21)
1/14 - 2/15 October 2015  
In an atmosphere of piety and spiritual joy there was committed the Vigil for the Feast of the Holy Martyrs Cyprian and Justina in the  monastery dedicated to them, in Fili (GOC Greece).
His Eminence Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Attikiysky, who arrived at the Festival at the invitation of Metropolitan Cyprian of Oropos and Fili, preached  the Word of God. 
Participating in the celebrations were  other hierarchs of the GOC- Greece as well as the [ROCA], Bishop of Voronezh, Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Old Calendar bishops from Romania and Italy, the abbot of the monastery - Archimandrite Theodosius, with  dozens of priests, deacons, sub-deacons, the delegation of the convents and hundreds of the faithful.
The special solemn liturgy's singing, was given by the  Byzantine choir, under the conducting of the monk Dionysius.
The next day, the Divine Liturgy was led by Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, His Eminence Kallinikos. He was joined by Metropolitan Cyprian of Oropos and Fili, who also celebrated with him, on that day the Namesday of Metropolitan Gerontius of Piraeus and Salamis, with bishops:  Chrysostomos of Attikiysky and Beotikiysky, Bishop Gregory of Hristianupolessky, Photios of Marathon, Michael of Noriysky Ambrose of Mefonsky, Sofronii of Suceava, Glycerius of Iasi, Dionysius of Galatia, Gardikiysky's  Kliment, and with (ROCA)  Kirill of Voronezh. 
At the end of the liturgy there was held a procession with the holy icon of the celebrated martyrs and their holy  relics around the monastery. A great number of people participated in the procession and the festivities in general.

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