First celebration after canonization of St. Athanasios (Hamakiotis) in place where he served

Rodopoli, East Attica, Greece, November 27, 2023

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Earlier this month, the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople canonized two 20th-century elders: St. Gervasios (Paraskevopoulos) and St. Athanasios the Younger (Hamakiotis).

Over the weekend, the canonization of St. Athanasios was celebrated for the first time, at the Holy Convent of Panagia Faneromeni in Rodopoli, which the newly glorified saint himself founded.

On the evening of Friday, November 24, a festive Hierarchical Vespers was celebrated by Metropolitan Kyrillos of Kifissia, Amaroussion, and Oropos. St. Anathasios’ holy relics were carried from the saint’s cell to the monastery’s chapel for the faithful to venerate, reports the Orthodoxia News Agency.

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The next morning, the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy was celebrated, followed by a procession throughout the holy monastery.

Met. Kyrillos expressed the joy and spiritual rejoicing of the monastery and the people of the local metropolis.

The celebration continued that evening at the Metropolitan Chapel of Panagia Nerantziotissa in Amaroussion, where the holy skull of St. Athanasios was received from the monastery for veneration. Hierarchical Vespers was then celebrated.

On Sunday, Orthros and the festive Divine Liturgy were celebrated by Met. Kyrillos. After the Divine Liturgy, a procession with the holy skull was held around the metropolitan chapel.

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