Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Church of Sts. Arsenios and Paisios, Cyprus

The Church of Sts. Arsenios and Paisios, Limassol, Cyprus (source)
  
The Holy Church of Sts. Arsenios and Paisios is a newly-built church in the area of Ekale, Limassol on the island of Cyprus. It is found north of the highway from Levkosia-Limassol at the height of Tsipeiou Stadio. The church is under the omophorion of Metropolitan Athanasios of Limassol. The church is of the Byzantine style with two domes, and four chapels (St. Paisios, Sts. Varahisios and Ionas, St. David of Evia, and Panagia Machairiotissa). In the basement functions also a religious bookstore, a religious hall for the youth, a library and a reception area.
 
[Though now there are chapels to St. Paisios in Alexandroupolis and Patras, this church dedicated to St. Paisios of the Holy Mountain is likely the first built in his honor in the world. (source)]
  
Every Monday at 6PM there is served the Holy Paraklesis to St. Arsenios of Cappadocia, during which is put for the grace-flowing Relics of the Saint, to Panagia Machairiotissa, Panagia Elaiovrytissa (copy of the wondrous icon from the Holy Monastery of Vatopedi, Mount Athos), to St. David and St. Mamas the Great Martyr, where is put forth the precious Relics of the Saints.
  
Icon of the holy martyrs Varahisios and Ionas (the church of these two Saints was the primary church in Farasa, Cappadocia where St. Arsenios served, and where he baptized St. Paisios) (source)
    
From January 23-29 2015, there will be the consecration of the main church, dedicated to St. Arsenios of Cappadocia, and also the consecration of two of the other chapels, one to the newly-canonized St. Paisios, and one to the holy martyrs Varahisios and Ionas (the church of these two Saints was the primary church in Farasa, Cappadocia where St. Arsenios served, and where he baptized St. Paisios). The church website mentions that the church will be open daily from 6:30AM-8PM, during which the faithful can venerate the Relics of St. Arsenios, and articles from St. Paisios. For more on the schedule of these services, see here.
  
St. Arsenios of Cappadocia and St. Paisios of the Holy Mountain (source) Available here.
  
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!

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