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
This year the Apostle’s Fast starts on the 20th June 2011 and finishes on the 29th June.
Last year’s post gives us lots of information about the fast itself.