The bell tower of St. Sophia's Church in Arta, Greece (taken from: http://www.imnartis.gr/photo1.html)
The feast of Sts. Theocharis and Apostolos was originally celebrated by the people on the Wednesday of Renewal (Bright) Week, but more recently in has been officially moved to the second Sunday after Pascha: the Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearers. May they intercede for all of us!
The Life of the righteous brothers, Sts. Theocharis and Apostolos of Arta (amateur translation)
In every age God brings forth holy people who, though they live in the same times and ways of life as their fellow people, “fight the good fight of faith”, and enlighten as spiritual lamps everyone, whom they serve in the name of our Lord.
In an era that was difficult for our whole [Greek] nation (the end of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th century), God gave the blessing to our city to have two brothers in the flesh, Sts. Theocharis and Apostolos, be born, live, struggle in asceticism, teach and become holy.
Benedict, after entreating the Saint many times, understood that this work wouldn’t suit St. Theocharis, and he excused him from his position to dedicate all time to prayer and the meditation on the word of God and of the holy Fathers. On this ascetical path his fellow traveler and fellow ascetic was St. Apostolos, his brother according to the flesh and the spirit.
The Righteous Brothers loved the solitary life completely. Only St. Apostolos would leave from their small ascetical dwelling in the heart of the city to purchase their necessities and to work their small vineyard.
Truly the Lord is risen!