From the Orthodox Christian Network (reposted with some corrections)
From the Orthodox Christian Network (reposted with some corrections)
By Xrisanthi (Kristin) Giannas
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – As the sun set on Daytona Beach, hymns began inside the Greek Orthodox Church just a few blocks from the ocean on Wednesday evening. The faithful packed St. Demetrios on Halifax Avenue, to be in the presence of two nuns, and the miraculous icon they brought from Greece, Panagia Ypseni. “Every miracle working icon means a lot,” said Jelena Stojanovic, 29, who traveled with a group of Serbian Orthodox Christians to venerate the 18th century icon.
“I didn’t read a lot about it before, but I was impressed when I saw it. It was very unusual, I’ve never seen one like that before,” she said.
Stojanovic is receiving treatments at a paralysis recovery facility in central Florida, after a car accident in Serbia left her a quadriplegic.
“It gives us strength and verifies our faith when you come across holy relics and icons,” she said.
Gerondissa Mariam and Sister Kassiani have already taken the Holy icon through Colorado, and eight churches in Florida before traveling to New York, New Jersey and Baltimore. Over 150 years ago, the Church’s newly canonized Saint Meletios was directed by Panagia herself, “Come you will find my icon and I want you to build a monastery here,” and a ray of brilliant light took him to the root of an olive tree in the rolling hills of Rhodes near the village of Lardos.
St. Meletios discovered the icon of Panagia Ypseni, built a church and the monastery was born.
Panagia Ypseni and another priceless treasure kept at the monastery, the Holy Skull (Crown) of St. Meletios, continue to perform numerous healing miracles, as verified by many believers.
A protestant man on holiday from England was recently healed of eye cancer, according to Sister Kassiani.
“He bent in front of the icon and started praying with Christ,” she said, adding that a hotel employee in Lardos instructed the tourist to visit the miraculous icon.
Before the man left the monastery, the sisters gave him Holy Oil from the candili (oil-lamp) of the Virgin (Panagia), and instructed him to put the oil on his eyes everyday.
“He went back to England and the doctor said ‘What did you do? I cannot see anything- your eyes are clear, you have no cancer,” she recounted.
Along with sharing miracles of Panagia Ypseni, the sisters shared the joy of their efforts to build the first church dedicated to St. Meletios in Rhodes. The financial crisis in Greece however, has put construction on hold, with the structure already a few meters off the ground.
The sisters are hoping to gain support from Orthodox Christians in the United States.
“It’s good for you – plus the new church will make others come and become stronger in the faith,”said Vasiliki Chaddon, who moved to the U.S. 31 years ago from Kilkis, Macedonia with her husband Alan.
“I have miracles- too many. I believe very strong in Jesus, our Panagia, and I received many blessings. I’ve learned- if it’s good for you, He gives it,” she said.
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Thursday May 21st Saint Nicholas Cathedral, Tarpon Springs
Holy Ascension, Saint Constantine & Helen, 8:00 Orthros ~
9:00 Divine Liturgy, Talk by Gerontissa Mariam, icon will remain for veneration in the church all day. Paraclesis 7:00pm.
Friday May 22nd – Archangel Michael Shrine, Tarpon Springs
Icon will remain for veneration in the church all day.
Friday May 22nd- Saint George, New Port Richey
Vespers ~ Compline ~ Orthros ~ Anointing 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm.
Saturday May 23nd Saint George, New Port Richey
Divine Liturgy 9:00 am
Saturday May 23rd – Saint Katherine, Naples
Great Vespers ~ Compline ~ Orthros ~ Anointing 6:00 – 9:00 pm.
May 24th Sunday – Saint Katherine, Naples
~ 9:00 Divine Liturgy, Talk by Gerontissa Mariam
May 26th Tuesday – Holy Trinity, Clearwater
10:00 Paraclesis, Coffee and talk by Gerontissa Mariam /Q & A. .
May 26th Tuesday – Saint Raphael, Nicholas & Irene, Palm Harbor
Paraclesis 7:00 pm followed by Talk by Gerontissa Mariam
May 27th Wednesday – Saint Demetrios, Daytona
Paraklesis 6:00 pm followed by Talk by Gerontissa Mariam
The sisters are raising awareness and funds for the first church dedicated to the newly canonized St. Meletios of Rhodes, by bringing their monastery icon to America
Also, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Westfield, NJ. Friday May 8th from 7pm-8pm.
17/5 May Saint Markella Sunday9:00am
30 /5 May Saint Katherine Astoria in the morning
30/5 Saint Eireni Astoria 7:00 pm
31/5 Holy Cross Brooklyn 8:15-11:30am
1/6 New Jersey Toms river 7:00pm
4/6 Saint Nicholas Baltimore 5:00 vespers and Holy Unction
5-6-7/6 Divine Liturgy in the morning
A Brief History of Ypseni Monastery
The Holy Monastery of the Virgin Ypseni lies on a mountain near the village of Lardos in Rhodes. Its history dates back a few centuries.
The founder of the Monastery is the Blessed St Meletios who was born in the village of Lardos, Rhodes, at the end of the 18th Century.
From his youth he loved the virtues of sobriety, self-control and humility, and in this way attracted Divine Grace to himself. In one of his night time prater he saw the “Gladsome Light” coming from heaven and remaining fixed at the roots of a centuries old olive tree. There, he found the all venerable icon of the Virgin of Ypseni.
In prayer he received a message from Her, thar in the place where the Holy Icon was found he was to build a Church in her name. So he moved into the ruins of the monastery of the Monastery of Ypseni (or of the Heights as the name means in Greek) devoting himself to the angelic monastic way of life.
He was ordained as priest and abbot of the monastery by the the Metropolitan of Rhodes. Through his prayer and his ascetic struggles he gained so much boldness before God that he was able to drive out evil spirits that ruled people’s souls. Out of love for his fellow an he turned toward his enslaved fellow Christians and offered missionary work of national importance. He went around the villaes hearing confession, he encouraged them in their faith, and guided them. He was a guardian and vigilant shepherd of Christ’s flock, zealous for the traditions of the fathers and a fiery preacher of truth. This work made the Turks resentful and slanderous. Their slanderous accusation was told to the Metropolitan of Rhodes at the time, who was obliged to call him to defend himself. The Blessed St. Meletios, unable to bear this wound to his soul, breathed his last, right in front of the bishop. When his holy relics were removed, an indescribable fragrance sprang forth bearing witness to the grace he had received. The grace bearing holy crown of St. Meletios is kept at the Holy Monastery of Ypseni.
About 200 years after the blessed falling asleep of the saint, the fulness of time came, and His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew I and his Holy Synod, placed St. Meletios officially in the calendar of saints on the 27th November 2013.
The memory of our patron, St Meletios of Ypseni, was commemorated again this year, with many of the faithful in attendance.
On Wednesday evening we celebrated Festal Great Vespers and on Thursday morning there was a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. The holy services were led by His Eminence, the Metropolitan of Rhodes, Kyrillos, who stressed the universal appeal of the saint and his importance for the Orthodox Church. The sermon on the actual feast day was preached by the Chancellor of the Holy Metropolis of Ierissos, the Holy Mountain (Athos), and Ardamerios , Archimandrite Chrysostomos Maidonis.
St Meletios was entered in to the calendar of saints by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on the 12th February 2014.
The feast of the Holy Great Martyr Phanourios was celebrated with splendour in the Church dedicated him in the Old City of Rhodes. with the participation of local dignitaries and thousands of devout believers.
Vespers was led by His Eminence Kyrillos, <Metropolitan of Rhodes, whose sermon spoke about the martyrdom and miracles of St Phanourios and stressed the importance of the feast for the people of Rhodes. He especially referred to the need for the relevant authorities to find a solution in order to restore the Church, a monument from the 12th Century.
Vespers was followed by a grand procession of the Saint’s icon through the streets of the Old City. Also,in the Church for veneration was the Holy Crown of St. Meletios, founder of the Monastery of Ypseni.
Announcement by the Holy and Sacred Synod
The Holy and Sacred Synod convened today, Wednesday, November 27, 2013, with His All-Holiness presiding for its regular scheduled meeting, for the purpose of examining items on its agenda.
During this session, the Holy and Sacred Synod approved the following:
a) The proposal of the Canonical Committee to enter the hieromonks Porphyrios Kafsokalyvitis and Meletios of Ypseni (Rhodes) in the registry of the Saints of the Orthodox Church.
b) The voluntary resignation of His Eminence Metropolitan Panteleimon of Belgium from the pastoring of his eparchy and, at the proposal of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the unanimous election of His Grace Athenagoras of Sinope to fill the vacancy in the Metropolis of Belgium.
From the Chief Secretariat of the Holy and Sacred Synod
Vespers of St. Meletios 2012
Divine Liturgy of St. Meletios 2012