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Homily on Theophany by St. Proclus of Constantinople

January 3, 2016

Homily on Theophany by St. Proclus of Constantinople

Christ appeared in the world, and, bringing beauty out of disarray, gave it luster and joy. He bore the world’s sins and crushed the world’s enemy. He sanctified the fountains of waters and enlightened the minds of men. Into the fabric of miracles he interwove ever greater miracles.
For on this day land and sea share between them the grace of the Savior, and the whole world is filled with joy.
Today’s feast of the Theophany manifests even more wonders than the feast of Christmas.
On the feast of the Savior’s birth, the earth rejoiced because it bore the Lord in a manger; but on today’s feast of the Epiphany it is the sea that is glad and leaps for joy; the sea is glad because it receives the blessing of holiness in the river Jordan.
At Christmas we saw a weak baby, giving proof of our weakness.
In today’s feast, we see a perfect man, hinting at the perfect Son who proceeds from the all-perfect Father.
At Christmas the King puts on the royal robe of his body; at Epiphany the very source enfolds and, as it were, clothes the river.
Come then and see new and astounding miracles: the Sun of righteousness washing in the Jordan, fire immersed in water, God sanctified by the ministry of man.
Today every creature shouts in resounding song:
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Blessed is he who comes in every age, for this is not his first coming.
And who is he? Tell us more clearly, I beg you, blessed David:
The Lord is God and has shone upon us.
David is not alone in prophesying this; the apostle Paul adds his own witness, saying:
The grace of God has appeared bringing salvation for all men, and instructing us. Not for some men, but for all. To Jews and Greeks alike God bestows salvation through baptism, offering baptism as a common grace for all.
Come, consider this new and wonderful deluge, greater and more important than the flood of Noah’s day. Then the water of the flood destroyed the human race, but now the water of Baptism has recalled the dead to life by the power of the one who baptized.
In the days of the flood the dove with an olive branch in its beak foreshadowed the fragrance of the good odor of Christ the Lord; now the Holy Spirit, coming in the likeness of a dove reveals the Lord of mercy.

Monastic Tonsure

January 3, 2016

At the Holy Monastery of Ypseni, during Vespers for the First Martyr and Archdeacon Stephen, His Eminence Metropolitan Kyrill  tonsured a new sister for the community, who was given the name Philothei

Services over the Christmas Period

December 20, 2015


 Thursday 24 December 05:00am.-10:30am
FOREFEAST OF THE NATIVITY OF CHRIST: Ὄρθρος, Μεγάλαι Ὤραι, Μέγας Ἐσπερινός τῶν Χριστουγέννων μετά τῆς Θείας Λειτουργίας τοῦ Μεγάλου Βασιλείου

 Thursday 24 December 20:00pm.-2:00 am

Saturday 26 December 06:30am.-10:00am  

Saturday  26 December 17.00pm
GREAT FESTAL VESPERS: celebrated by His Eminence Metropolitan Kyril  MONASTIC TONSURE

Κυριακή 27 December 06:00am.

 Thursday 31 December 21:00pm.-01:00am

Tuesday 5 January 05:00am
EVE OF THEOPHANY: Matins, Royal Hours, Great Vespers of Theophany, Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great

Wednesday 6 January 06:30am.
THE HOLY THEOPHANY OF OUR LORD GOD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST  Matins, Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great, Great Blessing of the Waters

Monastery Feast and Festival

August 17, 2015

On the 22nd August the Monastery starts off celebrations on the eve of its feast day

(The Leavetaking of the Dormition)

There will be Great Festive Vespers and following this a traditional Greek festival outside the monastery.

Saturday 22nd August 19:00

Great Festive Vespers led by His Eminence, Amphilochios, Metropolitan of New Zealand

Sunday 23rd August 6am 

Orthros and the Divine Archiepiscopal Liturgy celebrated by His Eminence, Amphilochios, Metropolitan of New Zealand

Στις 22 Αυγούστου πανηγυρίζει η Ιερά Μονή Παναγίας Υψενής στη Λάρδο όπου θα τελεστεί Μέγας Πανηγυρικός Εσπερινός

και στη συνέχεια θα ακολουθήσει πατροπαράδοτο πανηγύρι .

Σάββατο   22 Αὐγούστου  19:00 μ.μ:

Μέγας Πανηγυρικὸς Ἑσπερινὸς    χοροστατοῦντος   τοῦ Σέβ. Μητροπολίτου Νέας Ζηλανδίας κ. κ Ἀμφιλοχίου.


Κυριακή 23 Αὐγούστου 6:00 π.μ

Ὄρθρος καὶ Ἀρχιερατικὴ  Θεία Λειτουργία ἱερουργοῦντος τοῦ Σέβ. Μητροπολίτου Νέας Ζηλανδίας κ. κ Ἀμφιλοχίου.

Panagia Ypseni Giving Strength, Hope to Orthodox in U.S.

June 3, 2015

From the Orthodox Christian Network (reposted with some corrections)

By Orthodox Christian News in Orthodox News

Jun 02, 2015 0 Comment(s) Tags: , ,

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.
IMG_2893“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.IMG_2903
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.
IMG_2897“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.

Posted by the Orthodox Christian Network. You can find the Orthodox Christian Network on Google+

Monastery icon in Florida

May 20, 2015

The Icon of the Holy Mother of God of Ypseni
from the Island of Rhodes Greece arrives for veneration in Florida. ypseni


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

Monastery Icon Visiting America

April 17, 2015



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.

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