Monday, November 3, 2014

Video of the Service of the Holy Myrrh of St. Demetrios the Great Martyr, 2014

This is a live video of the 2014 service of the Myrrh of St. Demetrios in the Church where his holy relics are treasured by the city of Thessaloniki. This service, which is the ninth day after his holy feast day (October 26th), serves several purposes. One, this serves as an "Apodosis" or Leave-taking of the Saint's feast, which began one week before his feast, with the so-called "Holy Week" of St. Demetrios. Second, there is an official service, calling upon the Holy Spirit to bless this myrrh, granting it the power to heal the infirmities of body and soul. And finally, it is an opportunity for the clergy and the faithful to open the reliquary of the Saint and gather the fragrant myrrh which still wondrously exudes from the Saint's Relics to this day. As the Metropolitan of Thessaloniki chants at the end of the service: "Who is so great a God as our God? You are the God Who alone works wonders!" May we have the Saint's intercessions and protection, especially for all those who suffer or are in danger throughout the world! Amen!
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!


orthcrg said...

Please can you help!!

Your Blessing!

I have been trying but have so far failed to find the Akathist and Paraclesis to St Demetrios in English. Do you know how I can get these?

The son of my best friend in London UK is Dimitry and is disabled as a result of a car accident when he was 3 and I also knew this young man’s grandfather (my friends father) who was a very eminent chanter of the Imperial Byzantine tradition (now at rest). I have often wanted to venerate this Saint and offer up their names for his intercession and prayers.

If you can help I would be most grateful!!

Agioi_Anargyroi said...

I have not been able to find either online in English as of this moment. I might be able to translate one when I get time, but no promise as to when that would be.