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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
Mon, Oct 19, 2015 at 4:12 PM
To: "Williams Fr. Gregory" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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).
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).
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.
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
The special solemn liturgy's singing, was given by the Byzantine choir, under the conducting of the monk Dionysius.
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.
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.