Bucharest; Keratsini, Piraeus Region, Greece, January 18, 2024
On January 17, the Church celebrates one of its most beloved saints and the father of monasticism, St. Anthony the Great.
Liturgies and other festivities were held in his honor this week throughout the Orthodox world serving on the new calendar. In Bucharest, a miracle-working icon of St. Anthony and a fragment of his relics were carried in procession in the old center of the city the day before his feast, reports the Basilica News Agency.
The procession took place following the Divine Liturgy in the Curtea Veche parish church, ending at the ruins of a church that burned in a fire in 1847. There, the akathist to St. Anthony was read, and the icon and relics were placed for veneration.
Rector Fr. Gheorge Zaharia explained that the sacred objects that were saved from the fire were redistributed to nearby churches, with the icon arriving at their church.
And in Keratsini, Greece, Bishop Chrysostomos of Euripus led a procession with an icon of St. Anthony following the Divine Liturgy yesterday, reports Romfea.
Photos show that fragments of relics of various saints were also carried in procession.