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On How the Church Prays for the World October 14, 2013

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St. Prosper of Aquitaine  - The Call of All Nations

The Church pleads before God everywhere, not only for the saints and those regenerated in Christ, but also for all infidels and all enemies of the Cross of Christ, for all worshipers of idols, for all who persecute Christ in His members, for the Jews whose blindness does not see the light of the Gospel, (more…)

Sunday of All Saints June 10, 2012

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(Commemorated on the first Sunday after the Feast of Holy Pentecost)

The first Sunday after the Feast of Holy Pentecost is observed by the Orthodox Church as the Sunday of All Saints. This day has been designated as a commemoration of all of the Saints, all the Righteous, the Prophets, Apostles, Martyrs, Confessors, Shepherds, Teachers, and Holy Monastics, both men and women alike, known and unknown, who have been added to the choirs of the Saints and shall be added, from the time of Adam until the end of the world, who have been perfected in piety and have glorified God by their holy lives.

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Holy Hieromartyr Philoumenos of the Brotherhood of the Holy Sepulchre November 16, 2011

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New Martyr Archimandrite Philoumenos (+1979), keeper of the Greek Orthodox monastery of Jacob's Well in Samaria (Nablus, West Bank - Palestine)

New martyr Archimandrite Philoumenos (Hasapis)

Of Father Philoumenos’ surname, his spiritual son Monk Yeghia Yenovkian writes that he was “Born to the pious Cypriot family of Hasapis”. In a Greek source, published in August 2004 which deals with modern saints of the Orthodox Church, Fr. Philoumenos is referred to in a brief biographical entry as “Orountiotis” however; this latter term in the Greek refers to his place his origin (i.e. “of the village of Orounta”) and not to his surname.

(Greek: Π. Φιλουμενος ο Κυπριος , also Π. Φιλουμενος Ορουντιωτης ), October 15, 1913 – November 16, 1979, was the Igumen of the Greek Orthodox monastery of Jacob’s Well near the city of Samaria, now called Nablus (Neapolis), in the West Bank.

In a Synodal decision the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem classified him in its Hagiologion at its 50th Session on September 11, 2009. He was officially glorified by the the Patriarchate of Jerusalem on November 29, 2009 (Old Style), and is commemorated by the Church on November 16/29.

Father Philoumenos’ was martyred at the hands of the Jews in Palestine on his Name day, November 29th (Old Style), which is also the feast of the 3rd century martyrs Paramon and Philoumen (ca. AD 270).

His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilus III presided at the Divine Liturgy, along with the bishops of the Patriarchal see of Jerusalem and a number of bishops from the Church of Cyprus, in addition to a delegation from the Russian Church.

The life of Father Philoumenos is an example that martyrdom for Christ is not of the past from the Roman Empire or Communist times, but is a reality even in our own day…

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