Madrid, April 25, 2018
Romanian Orthodox Church.
The initiative to add such a feast was made by the Assembly of Orthodox Hierarchs of Spain and Portugal, which met in Madrid on Friday. The meeting was attended by His Grace Bishop Nestor of Korsun (Russian Orthodox Church), His Eminence Metropolitan Polycarp of Spain and Portugal (Ecumenical Patriarchate), and His Grace Bishop Timothy of Spain and Portugal (Romanian Orthodox Church), reports the Korsun Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church.
During the assembly’s session, the hierarchs approved of the menologion, or collection of saints’ lives, of the saints who shone forth in the Iberian Peninsula in the pre-schism West, compiled by Archpriest Andrei Kordochkin. As a result, the hierarchs decided to petition the primates of their Local Churches to establish a date for a pan-Orthodox veneration of the host of Iberian saints.
After the meeting, it was decided to celebrate the new feast on the Sunday before the National Day of Spain, which is celebrated annually on October 12. Thus, the new feast of All Saints Who Shone Forth in the Iberian Peninsula will be liturgically proclaimed and celebrated for the first time this year on October 7 in Madrid.
The celebration will be led by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph of the Romanian Orthodox Church Diocese of Western and Southern Europe.
The Iberian Peninsula is located in southwest Europe. It currently includes the states of Spain, Portugal, Andorra, part of France, and Gibraltar, a territory of Great Britain.
The assembly also approved the text of a Spanish translation of the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom for use by the Orthodox faithful of the canonical jurisdictions represented in Spain. The translation was also prepared by the aforementioned Fr. Andrei.
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