Greek Holy Synod declares St. Therapont of Cyprus and St. Gregory the Theologian as patron saints in medical field

Athens, June 9, 2018

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The Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church established two new patron saints in the medical field at its latest session, the site of the Greek Orthodox Church reports.

The Synod approved the request of the Panhellenic Physiotherapists’ Association to take the Hieromartyr St. Therapont of Cyprus as its patron.

At the same working session yesterday, the request of the Hellenic Society of Rheumatology to take St. Gregory the Theologian as its patron saint was also approved.

Although little information about St. Therapont has been preserved, he is known especially in Greek churches as a great healer and miracle worker. He was martyred in 632, and is commemorated on May 14 (new style).

The Synod also recently established St. Paisios the Athonite as the patron saint of military communication units, at its early November session.

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