New feast of All Saints of Iberian Peninsula to be proclaimed in October

Madrid, April 25, 2018

St. Fructuosis of Tarragona, Spain St. Fructuosis of Tarragona, Spain
A pan-Orthodox feast of the veneration of the Synaxis of Iberian Saints will be added to the liturgical calendars of the Local Orthodox Churches, reports the site of the 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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Denise Carr-DeRamus8/16/2022 3:55 am
I would like to know more about St. Alarico, Iberian Saint of Doubters and Skeptics. He was a warrior during the time when Muslims, Jews, and Christians were interacting and promoted all groups coming together. I have had difficulty finding much about him, except that he was a warrior who was said to have become a Christian and died of malaria on his way to Africa through Italy. Do you have any further information? Thank you. Sincerely, Denise Carr-DeRamus
Samuel Vélez Ramírez3/4/2022 6:31 pm
Greetings, I was received into the Church on January 16, 2021; I attend a ROCOR mission in Puerto Rico, Misión Ortodoxa San Juan Clímaco. Puerto Rico was part of the Spanish Empire, thus much of our spiritual and cultural heritage is connected to the Iberian peninsula, and specifically to Spain. I would like to know two things: 1) Where can I find, buy or access the Menologion compiled by Archpriest Andrei Kordochkin? 2) Is Our Lady of the Pillar recognized by the Eastern Orthodox Church; are their icons yet of this event? I love to see the West coming back to Christian Orthodoxy. Sincerely, Samuel
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