Saint Paraskevi the Holy & Glorious Virgin-Martyr of Greece, from Rome (+161) – Patron Saint of the eyes – July 26

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Holy Skull of St. Paraskevi in Petraki Monastery, Athens, Greece

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Saint Paraskevi the Holy & Glorious Virgin-Martyr of Greece, from Rome (+161)

Patron Saint of the eyes

July 26

The holy and glorious Virgin-Martyr Saint Paraskevi (also Paraskeva) was arrested during the reign of the Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius (r. A.D. 138-161) under the penalty of refusing to worship idols and adhering to the state pagan religion. After enduring many tortures, she was eventually released by the emperor, continuing to profess Christ. She was eventually tortured and beheaded by the Roman governor Tarasius in the year 180. The Church commemorates her on July 26.

Saint Paraskevi, The Parthenomartyr, (July 26th), was born in a village near Rome during the reign of Hadrian (117-138 AD). Her parents were the pious Christians Agathonikos (Agathon) and Politea. Her parents prayed fervently for a child, and God finally blessed their piety. They gave great honor to Friday, the day of Our Lord’s suffering. Being born on this day, her parents named her Paraskevi (“Friday” in Greek, but literally “preparation”).

St Paraskevi obtained an excellent education from both secular and Scriptural instructors. She was also very knowledgeable in the field of philosophy. Bolstered by her Christian upbringing, she often conversed with other women about Christianity, trying to strengthen their faith in this new religion. Many distinguished families wanted this beautiful, educated and rich woman to marry their sons. Her understanding and kindness made her even more desirable. However having a higher goal in life, St Paraskevi rejected any marriage proposals.

When she was 20 years old, both her parents died 1eaving her as the sole heir to the family fortune. St Paraskevi did not use her fortune for herself. Filled with the spirit of Christ and Christian ideals, she sold all her worldly possessions using the money to relieve human suffering. There was a portion retained to a community treasury that supported a home for reverent virgins who stayed in a kenobion, a type of commune like a contemporary monastery. These women prayed and fasted doing charitable works. They preached primarily to Hebrew and idol worshiping women giving them an opportunity to learn about Christian salvation.

She left Rome at the age of 30 and began her holy mission, passing through many cities and villages. St Paraskevi’s activities occurred during a period that the Jews and Romans persecuted the Christian religion with the greatest intensity. Antoninus Pius (138-161) ruled Rome at this time, and he did not execute Christians without a trial. She was not caught immediately or put to death. Instead, Antoninus protected Christians against the blind mania of the Jewish and Roman inhabitants. Christians could only be brought to trial if another citizen lodged a formal complaint against them. Antoninus however had to repeal this law because of the many disasters which had befallen Rome and which were blamed on the Christians.

Strong in faith, learning, and eloquence, Paraskevi spoke persuasively to her fellow Roman citizens, leading them from idolatry to faith in Christ. Eventually, Antoninus heard of St. Paraskevi’s holy mission. Upon her return to Rome, several Jews filed complaints about her and Antoninus summoned her to his palace to question her. Attracted by her beauty and humility he tried with kind words to make her denounce her faith, even promising to marry her and make her an empress. Angered by her refusal he had a steel helmet, lined with nails and compressed on her head with a vice. It had no effect on the Saint and many who witnessed this miracle converted to Christianity. Thrown into prison, Paraskevi asked God to give her the strength to face the terror that awaited her. Antoninus again continued her torture by having her hung by her hair and at the same time burning her hands and arms with torches. The Saint suffered greatly, but had the will not to submit to the pain. Antoninus then prepared a large cauldron of oil and tar, boiled the mixture and then had Paraskevi immersed in it. Miraculously she stood in it as if she being refreshed rather than burned. Angered, Antoninus thought that she was using witchery to keep the contents cooled. Antoninus then approached the cauldron only to be blinded by the hot steam and searing emissions coming from the area. At this moment the mighty emperor asked for the intervention of St Paraskevi to heal him from this affliction to which she responded:

“Emperor, the Christian God is healing you from the blindness that was given to you as a punishment”.

Immediately, he regained his sight. Humbled by the miracle he freed the Saint, allowing her to continue her missionary activity and ended all persecutions against the Christians throughout the Roman Empire.

From this episode it is clear to the Christians that St Paraskevi has the intercessional ability to help people with visual ailments.

Astonished by the miracle, Antoninus released Paraskevi. He also ceased persecuting Christians throughout the Roman Empire.

This period was brief. After Antoninus’ death in 161, a plague broke out throughout the empire. Romans took it as a sign from their gods that that they were angered by the tolerance of Christianity. Under Antoninus’ successor, Marcus Aurelius (161-180), the laws dealing with “non-believers” were cahnged and the persecutions against the Christians resumed.

Despite these dangers, Paraskevi persevered in her missionary endeavors, spreading the Gospel wherever she traveled. By authority of emperor Aurelius the provincial eparchs Asclepius and Tarasios captured St Paraskevi. Having refused Asclepius’ demands to sacrifice to pagan gods, she was thrown into a snake pit. The Saint made the Sign of the Cross over the serpent and the serpent perished. Asclepius had heard of the Saint’s previous miracles, realized that a great and mighty power guarded Paraskevi and decided to set her free while Asclepius and his court were all converted.

Tarasios however was less tolerant. St Paraskevi was tied and beaten and afterwards imprisoned and a huge rock placed on her chest. She prayed to Christ to help her be strong. The next morning Paraskevi was taken willingly to the Temple of Apollo. Everyone praised Tarasios, thinking that he had succeeded in breaking St Paraskevi’s faith. However, upon entering the temple, the Saint raised her hand and made the sign of the cross. Suddenly, a loud noise was heard and all the idols in the temple were destroyed. The priests and idolaters dragged her from the altar, beat her, and pushed her out of the temple. The priests demanded that Tarasios kill Paraskevi. She was convicted and condemned to death by beheading.

It was customary to give the condemned their last wish. She asked to be left alone for a few moments so that she might pray for the last time. Afterwards, the roman soldiers returned and executed the Saint.

Many healing miracles occurred as a result of St Paraskevi’s divine intervention. It is said that that merely coming in contact with he dirt of her grave faithful, crippled could walk, demonized would return to health and that the infertile would bear children. Most importantly St Paraskevi healed the blindness of the roman emperor Antoninus Pius while she was in a heated cauldron. Her merciful disposition to her tormentor has made her an intercessor Saint for the healing of eye ailments.

Her remains were eventually taken to Constantinople, where they are venerated by the faithful to this very day.

Appropriate to your calling, O Champion Paraskevi, you worshipped with the readiness your name bears. For an abode you obtained faith, which is your namesake. Wherefore, you pour forth healing and intercede for our souls.

O most majestic One, we have discovered your temple to be a spiritual clinic wherein all the faithful resoundingly honor you, O famed and venerable martyr Paraskevi.

Tomb in Pounta, Greece

According to the tradition of the people of Epirus, Paraskevi was not martyred in Rome as mentioned in her traditional hagiography, but in Thesprotia where the Monastery of Saint Paraskevi of Pounta stands today. According to this tradition, strongly held by the locals, the headless body of the saint was entombed here and her tomb is still venerated today.

It is said that the persecutors of St. Paraskevi dragged her to the edge of the river Acheron to behead her. As the sword was raised over her head, she grabbed a stone pillar that she held so tightly that the print of her hands melted into it leaving an indelible mark. A church was eventually erected here by the faithful in her honor and housed her holy relics. Her skull was eventually placed in the walls of the church, though today it is kept in Moni Petraki in Athens.

According to the author and novelist Spyros Mouselimis, in his article “The Monastery of Pountas and the Feast of Saint Paraskevi” (Ηπειρωτική Εστία, 10, pp. 638-641, 1961), Pountas Monastery was known for its healing waters and numerous miracles. The pilgrims would cut off portions of the stone pillar of St. Paraskevi as a talisman, to the point that in 1960 the size of the stone was half its original size.

The property of the Monastery at one time was very great. According to Lambridis, at the end of the 19th century the annual revenue of the Monastery was 20,000 piastres, from which a boarding school was supported on its premises until 1913. After the population exchange of 1923 the Monastery was abandoned and did not operate again until 1975. Only the eastern side of the original Holy Altar area of the Katholikon survives today, while the rest of the church was restored in 1989 together with the inscription for the tomb of St. Paraskevi.

Today the Monastery operates as a female convent.

Source: Orthodox Wiki

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Ερείπια του αρχαίου Ορθόδοξου Κελτικού Ναού που ίδρυσε ο Άγιος Άμπαν (St Abban)

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Άγιος Άμπαν (St Abban) του Adamstown της Ιρλανδίας (+520)

17 Μαρτίου

Ο Άγιος Άμπαν (Saint Abbán moccu Corbmaic), γνωστός και ως Άγιος Abban του Magheranoidhe ή Άγιος Eibbán ή Άγιος Moabba είναι ένας Ορθόδοξος Άγιος της Ιρλανδίας του 5ου και 6ου αιώνα, όταν ολόκληρη η Ιρλανδία, η “Πράσινη Χώρα” όπως σημαίνει το όνομά της, ήταν Ορθόδοξη.

Γεννήθηκε κατά τη δυναστεία Uí Chormaic στο Leinster της Ιρλανδίας και είναι αδελφός της Αγίας Gobnait του Ballyvourney της Ιρλανδίας. Ο πατέρας του ήταν ο Cormac, γιος του Ailill βασιλιά του Leinster, ο οποίος πέθανε το 435, σύμφωνα με τα Χρονικά των Four Masters, και το όνομα της μητέρας του ήταν Milla, η οποία ήταν αδελφή του Αγίου Ibar.

Ο Άγιος Άμπαν (St Abban) ίδρυσε το αρχαίο Ορθόδοξο Κελτικό Μοναστήρι Magheranoidhe στο Adamstown το οποίο αρχικά λεγόταν Abbanstown της Κομητείας Wexford της Ιρλανδίας και αρκετά ακόμη Ορθόδοξα Κελτικά Μοναστήρια σε διάφορες περιοχές της καταπράσινης Ιρλανδίας, όπως αυτό της Νήσου Our Lady στην όμορφη Λίμνη Lady’s Island στην Κομητεία Wexford, ένα άλλο στο Ballyvourney πριν πάει εκεί η αδελφή του Αγία Gobnait και ένα στο Killabban στην Κομητεία Laois στο οποίο ήταν ηγούμενος ως την κοιμησή του.

Eπίσης, ο Άγιος συνδέεται με την Ορθόδοξη αρχαία Κελτική Μονή του Killagh στην Κομητεία Kerry.

Ο Άγιος Άμπαν (St Abban) από μικρός είχε μεγάλη αφοσίωση στο Θεό και τους Αγίους και έκανε πολλά θαύματα στην παιδική του ηλικία με αποτέλεσμα να καταλάβουν όλοι ότι θα αφιερωνώταν στην Εκκλησία. Έτσι το αγόρι στάλθηκε στό θείο του, στον αδελφό της μητέρα του, Επίσκοπο Άγιο Ibar με τον οποίο ταξίδεψε στη Ρώμη. Στην Ιταλία ο Άγιος Άμπαν (St Abban) έκανε πολλά θαύματα που τους έσωσαν από κακοποιούς, δράκους (=δεινόσαυρους: οι δεινόσαυροι ζούσαν παράλληλα με τους ανθρώπους) και άσχημα καιρικά φαινόμενα, ασκώντας ιδιαίτερη εξουσία πάνω στα ποτάμια και στις θάλασσες.

Κοιμήθηκε το 620 και η εορτή του είναι στις 16 Μαρτίου, 13 Μαΐου και 27 Οκτωβρίου.

Υπάρχει ένας τάφος που σημειώνονται με δύο Ogham πέτρες και μια πέτρα Bullaun στο δάσος κοντά στο Ballyvourney της Ιρλανδίας που παραδοσιακά πιστεύεται ότι είναι ο τόπος ταφής του Αγίου.

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H Αγία Gobnait, η αδελφή του Αγίου Άμπαν (St Abban)

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Our Lady’s Island,

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Ερείπια του αρχαίου Ορθόδοξου Ναού που ίδρυσε

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Ο Σταυρός του Αγίου Άμπαν (St Abban)

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St Abban’s Cross in Adamstown, Ireland

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Saint Abban of Adamstone, Ireland (+520)

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St Abban’s Church in the lake Lady’s Island,

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Saint Abban of Adamstown, Ireland (+520)

Saint Abbán moccu Corbmaic (d. 520), also Eibbán or Moabba, is an Irish Saint. He was associated, first and foremost, with Mag Arnaide (Moyarney or Adamstown, near New Ross, Co. Wexford) and with Cell Abbáin (Killabban, County Laois). Also, he connected to other churches elsewhere in Ireland, notably that of his sister Saint Gobnait.

His pedigree in the Irish genealogies, which appear to have been composed in the interest of Cell Abbáin, suggests that he belonged to the Uí Chormaic (also Moccu Chormaic or Dál Chormaic). It identifies his father as Laignech (lit. “Leinsterman”), son of Mac Cainnech, son of Cabraid, son of Cormac, son of Cú Corb, while an Irish note to the Félire Óengusso (for 27 October) largely agrees if substituting Cabraid for Imchad. The Lives, on the other hand, state that his father was Cormac son of Ailill, king of Leinster, who died in 435 according to the Annals of the Four Masters, and name his mother Mílla, sister to St Ibar.

The Lives confuse the time of the saint’s historical floruit by attributing to him a life-span of over 300 years.[10] He is brought into contact with such illustrious saints as Finnian of Clonard, Brendan of Clonfert (d. 577), Columba (d. 597), Gregory the Great, Munnu and Moling. One of the saint’s foundations is said to have been repeatedly pillaged by Cormac mac Diarmata (fl. 2nd half of the 6th century), king of Leinster from the Uí Bairrche, who is portrayed in much Leinster hagiography as a rival to the Uí Chennselaig. Abbán is also made a contemporary of even earlier figures like Saint Íbar, who is claimed to be his maternal uncle, and St Patrick.

Nothing is known of Abbán’s early life. The Lives tell that he was expected to succeed his father in Leinster, but that his devotion to God and the saintly miracles which he wrought while still in fosterage soon made clear that he was destined for a career in the church. The boy was sent to his maternal uncle, Bishop Íbar, with whom he travelled to Rome. In Italy, Abbán’s saintly powers proved to be of much use in warding off any danger presented by men, monsters and supernatural phenomena. Throughout the text, Abbán can be seen demonstrating his powers, exercising special authority over rivers and seas.

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Saint Gobnait, sister of Saint Abban

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St Abban’s Monastery in Adamstown, Ireland

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St Abban’s Cross in Adamstown, Ireland

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Heilige Abel van Reims in Frankrijk en Lobbes in België (+751)

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De heilige Abel was waarschijnlijk van Schotse afkomst en vergezelde Sint-Bonifatius bij zijn kerstening van Friesland.

Tijdens het concilie van Soissons in maart 744 stelde Bonifatius hem aan tot bisschop van Reims als opvolger van Milo van Trier die was afgezet. Paus Zacharias weigerde, ondanks de aanbevelingen van zowel hofmeier Carloman als van Pepijn de Korte, om het pallium te geven aan Abel. Als bisschop van Reims werd Abel tegengewerkt door Milo en hij gaf zijn ontslag in 748. Hij trok zich terug in de abdij van Lobbes en werd er monnik. Nadien werd hij er abt en stierf er in 751.

Zijn feestdag is op 5 augustus.

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Ορθοδοξία: Άγιος Δαυΐδ Επίσκοπος Menevia (σημ. St. Davids) της Ουαλίας (+600) – Προστάτης της Ουαλίας & της Βρετάνης της Γαλλίας – 1 Μαρτίου

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Άγιος Δαυΐδ Επίσκοπος Menevia (σημ. St. Davids) Ουαλλίας (+600)

Προστάτης Ουαλλίας & Βρετάνης Γαλλίας

1 Μαρτίου

Την 1η Μαρτίου τιμά ή Εκκλησία την μνήμη αγίου Δαβίδ ο οποίος έζησε κατά τον 6° αιώνα και καταγόταν από τη βασιλική γενιά της Ουαλλίας. Πατέρας του ήταν ο πρίγκιπας Ξάνθος του Κάρντιγκαν, στον οποίο προανήγγειλε ο Θεός ότι θα αποκτούσε ένα γυιό πού θα έλουζε με τη θεία χάρη όλη τη χώρα τους. Πραγματικά ο Δαβίδ, αυτό το όνομα έδωσε ο πρίγκιπας στο πρώτο παιδί πού απόκτησε, αφού ανατράφηκε όπως λέγει η Γραφή «εν παιδεία και νουθεσία Κυρίου», όταν μεγάλωσε προτίμησε αντί τη βασιλική αλουργίδα το ταπεινό ράσο. Χειροτονήθηκε κληρικός και αποσύρθηκε στο νησί Γουάϊτ, για να υποταχθεί στον σοφό Παυλίνο, μαθητή του αγίου Γερμανού της Ωξέρ.

Η ζωή του ήταν αυτή που επιβάλλουν οι μοναχικοί κανόνες: Νηστεία, αγρυπνία, προσευχή, μελέτη του λόγου του Θεού, υποταγή και άσκηση. Όλα αυτά έχουν για καρπό την απόκτηση θείων χαρισμάτων. Τόσο πλούσια ευλογήθηκε από το Θεό ο ασκητής Δαβίδ, ώστε αξιώθηκε να επιτελεί θαύματα. Έτσι, θαυματουργικά, έδωσε το φως στον δάσκαλο του Παυλίνο, σταυρώνοντας με το χέρι του τα μάτια, όταν αυτός είχε τυφλωθεί.Άγγελος Κυρίου υπέδειξε στον Παυλίνο να στείλει τον υποτακτικό του Δαβίδ να κηρύξει το Ευαγγέλιο και σε άλλες περιοχές της χώρας. Έτσι εκπληρώθηκε αυτό πού προανήγγειλε στον πατέρα του ο Θεός προτού ακόμα αυτός γεννηθεί. Περιόδευσε τη χώρα, μετέδωσε το λόγο του Θεού, φώτισε τους ανθρώπους, ίδρυσε 12 μοναστήρια, έκτισε εκκλησίες, έκανε θαύματα. Τα μοναστήρια πού ίδρυσε διακρίνονταν για την ασκητικότητα των μοναχών και την αυστηρότητα του προγράμματος. Οι μοναχοί καλλιεργούσαν τη γη χειρονακτικά χωρίς να χρησιμοποιούν ζώα, δεν μιλούσαν μεταξύ τους παρά όταν ήταν απόλυτη ανάγκη, έτρωγαν μόνο ψωμί και λαχανικά, ποτέ κρέας, και δεν έπιναν κρασί.

Σ΄ ένα προσκυνηματικό του ταξίδι στους αγίους Τόπους ο Δαβίδ χειροτονήθηκε Επίσκοπος από τον Πατριάρχη Ιεροσολύμων. Με τα νέα του καθήκοντα ως Επίσκοπος και καλός ποιμένας, προστάτεψε το λαό του από την αίρεση του Πελαγιανισμού.

Παρέδωσε ειρηνικά την ψυχή του στον Κύριο πού του εμφανίστηκε περιστοιχισμένος από πλήθος αγγέλων και αρχαγγέλων ψιθυρίζοντας και παρακαλώντας: «Πάρε με μαζί σου». Το λείψανό του αποτελεί για αιώνες τώρα τη μεγαλύτερη ευλογία για την Ουαλλία και οι Ουαλλοί τον θεωρούν πολιούχο και προστάτη τους.

Πηγή:

Άγιοι Της Ενωμένης Ευρώπης – Άγιος Δαβίδ Της Ουαλλίας,

Περιοδικό «Παρά Την Λίμνην»,

Μηνιαία Έκδοση Εκκλησίας Αγίου Δημητρίου Παραλιμνίου,

Περίοδος Β΄, Έτος Κ΄, Αρ. 3, Μάρτιος 2010

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Η ημέρα της Ουαλίας & η εορτή του Αγίου Δαυΐδ της Ουαλίας (+600) – 1 Μαρτίου

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Άγιος Δαυΐδ Επίσκοπος Menevia (σημ. St. Davids) Ουαλλίας (+600)

Προστάτης Ουαλλίας & Βρετάνης Γαλλίας

1 Μαρτίου

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Η Ημέρα της Ουαλίας

& η Εορτή του Αγίου Δαυΐδ της Ουαλίας

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Saint Benedict the Bishop, founder of Wearthmouth-Jarrow Priory, England (+690) – January 12

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GREAT BRITAIN OF MY HEART

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Cornwall, England

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Saint Benedict the Bishop,

founder of Wearthmouth-Jarrow Priory, England (+690)

January 12

Benedict Biscop (c. 628 – 690), also known as Biscop Baducing, was an Anglo-Saxon abbot and founder of Wearmouth-Jarrow Priory (where he also founded the famous library) and was considered a saint after his death.

Benedict was born of a noble Northumbrian family and was for a time a thegn of King Oswiu. At the age of 25 Benedict made the first of five trips to Rome, accompanying his friend Saint Wilfrid the Elder. However Wilfrid was detained in Lyon en route. Benedict completed the journey on his own and, when he returned to England, he was “full of fervour and enthusiasm… for the good of the Church”.

Benedict made a second journey to Rome twelve years later, this time accompanied by Alchfrith of Deira, a son of King Oswiu. On this trip he met Acca and Wilfrid. On his return journey to England Benedict stopped at Lérins, a monastic island off the Mediterranean coast of Provence. During his two-year stay there, from 665 to 667, he underwent a course of instruction, taking monastic vows and the name of “Benedict”.

Following the two years in Lérins Benedict made his third trip to Rome. At this time he was commissioned by the pope to accompany Archbishop Theodore of Tarsus back to Canterbury in 669. On their return Benedict was appointed abbot of SS. Peter and Paul’s, Canterbury, by Archbishop Theodore, a role he held for two years.[5]

Benedict Biscop, the Bibliophile, assembled a library from his travels. His second trip to Rome had been a book buying trip. Overall, the collection had an estimated 250 titles of mostly service books. The library included scripture, classical, and secular works.

Ecgfrith of Northumbria granted Benedict land in 674 for the purpose of building a monastery. He went to the Continent to bring back masons who could build a monastery in the Pre-Romanesque style. Benedict made his fifth and final trip to Rome in 679 to bring back books for a library, saintly relics, stonemasons, glaziers, and a grant from Pope Agatho granting his monastery certain privileges. Benedict made five overseas voyages in all to stock the library.

In 682 Benedict appointed Eosterwine as his coadjutor and the King was so delighted at the success of St Peter’s, he gave him more land in Jarrow and urged him to build a second monastery. Benedict erected a sister foundation (St Paul) at Jarrow. He appointed Ceolfrid as the superior, who left Wearmouth with 20 monks to start the foundation in Jarrow. Bede, one of Benedict’s pupils, tells us that he brought builders and glass-workers from Francia to erect the buildings in stone.

Benedict’s idea was to build a model monastery for England, sharing his knowledge of the experience of the Church in Europe. It was the first ecclesiastical building in Britain to be built in stone, and the use of glass was a novelty for many in 7th-century England. It eventually possessed what was a large library for the time – several hundred volumes – and it was here that Benedict’s student Bede wrote his famous works. The library became world-famous and manuscripts that had been copied there became prized possessions throughout Europe, including especially the Codex Amiatinus, the earliest surviving manuscript of the complete Bible in the Latin Vulgate version.

For the last three years of his life Benedict was bed-ridden. He suffered his affliction with great patience and faith. He died on 12 January 690.

Ηis feast day on 12 January.

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Ruins of Wearthmouth-Jarrow Monastery

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Άγιος Βενέδικτος ο Επίσκοπος, όσιος ιδρυτής Μονής στο Wearthmouth-Jarrow Αγγλίας (+690) – 12 Ιανουαρίου

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GREAT BRITAIN OF MY HEART

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Κορνουάλλη, Αγγλία

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Άγιος Βενέδικτος του Wearthmouth-Jarrow Αγγλίας (+690)

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Ο Άγιος Βενέδικτος γίνεται Μοναχός στη Νήσο Lerins της Γαλλίας

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Ο Άγιος Βενέδικτος καλωσορίζει ένα νέο ονόματι Bede στο Μοναστήρι του

όπου θα είναι ο μετέπειτα Άγιος Μπίντ / Βέδας (St Bede)

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Ο Άγιος Βενέδικτος ταξίδεψε στη Ρώμη

για να συγκεντρώσει βιβλία για την βιβλιοθήκη του Μοναστηριού του

 

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Άγιος Βενέδικτος ο Επίσκοπος,

όσιος ιδρυτής Μονής στο Wearthmouth-Jarrow Αγγλίας (+690)

12 Ιανουαρίου

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ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞΟΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ ΚΕΛΤΩΝ ΑΓΙΩΝ

& ΠΑΝΤΩΝ ΤΩΝ ΑΓΙΩΝ

Ο Άγιος Βενέδικτος του Wearthmouth-Jarrow Αγγλίας γεννήθηκε στη Northubria της Αγγλίας, από ευγενή οικογένεια και υπηρέτησε στην αυλή του Βασιλιά Oswiu της Northubria. Στην ηλικία των 25 ετών έγινε Μοναχός στη Μονή της Νήσου Lerins της Γαλλίας λαμβάνοντας το Μοναχικό του όνομα, Βενέδικτος.

Δύο χρόνια αργότερα μετέβη στή Ρώμη, όπου διδάχθηκε τα της Μοναχικής Πολιτείας και από τους εκεί Μοναχούς. Με εντολή του Επισκόπου της Ρώμης Βιταλιανού συνόδευσε τον Άγιο Θεόδωρο, που καταγόταν από την Ταρσό της Κιλικίας της Μ. Ασίας, στή Μ. Βρεταννία και διορίσθηκε ηγούμενος στη Μονή του Αγίου Αυγουστίνου στο Canterbury της Αγγλίας.

Παρέμεινε εκεί για μικρό χρονικό διάστημα και στη συνέχεια αναχώρησε για την περιοχή του Wearthmouth, όπου ίδρυσε Μονές, οι οποίες ήταν υπό την πνευματική καθοδήγησή του.

Ο Άγιος Βενέδικτος κάλεσε από το εξωτερικό τεχνίτες και δίδαξαν στους Άγγλους την τέχνη της ανοικοδομήσεως Ναών καί έκτισε τους πρώτους λίθινους Ναούς. Επίσης είναι ο πρώτος που έβαλε την τέχνη του γυαλιού στους Ναούς.

Συνολικά έκανε πέντε ταξίδια στη Ρώμη όπου στο τελευταίο του από αυτά συγκέντρωσε πολλά σπάνια βιβλία για την Βιβλιοθήκη στο Μοναστήρι του.

Σπουδαιότερος από τους μαθητές του ήταν ο Άγιος Μπίντ (St Bede / Άγιος Βέδας), ο περίφημος συγγραφέας της Εκκλησιολογίας.

Το 682 ο Βασιλιάς συγκινίθηκε από την πνευματικότητα της Μονής του Αγίου Βενεδίκτου στο Wearthmouth και του δώρησε ένα μεγάλο χωράφι στο Jarrow για νά ιδρύσει κι εκεί ένα Μοναστήρι στο οποίο έγινε ηγούμενος, βάζοντας στη Μονή του Wearthmouth ηγούμενο τον π. Eosterwine.

Ο Άγιος Βενέδικτος ίδρυσε πολλά Μοναστήρια των οποίων ήταν καθοδογητής.

Τα τρία τελευταία χρόνια της ζωής του ο Άγιος Βενέδικτος ήταν κλινήρης λόγω ασθένειας και υπέφερε τη θλίψη του με υπομονή και πίστη. Κοιμήθηκε οσιακά το 690.

Πηγές:

Αποστολική Διακονία, Wikipedia &

http://gkiouzelis.wordpress.com

Orthodox Heart Sites

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Ερείπια της Μονής του Αγίου Βενεδίκτου στο Wearthmouth-Jarrow Αγγλίας

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Άγιος Βενέδικτος ο Επίσκοπος, 

ηγούμενος & ιδρυτής Μονών στην Wearthmouth-Jarrow Αγγλίας

7ος αιώνας, όταν ολόκληρη η Αγγλία ήταν Ορθόδοξη

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Saint Elian (Eilian / Llanelian), missionary in Cornwall, England & hermit in Llanelian, Wales, from Rome (+6th century) – January 12 & 13

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Anglesey, Wales

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Saint Elian (Eilian / Llanelian),

missionary in Cornwall, England & hermit in Llanelian, Wales,

from Rome (+6th century)

January 12 & 13

Saint Elian was founded a church in North Wales around the year 450. The Parish of Llanelian is named after him. The Legend of St. Elian says he was related to Saint Ismael Bishop of Rhos in Wales and labored in the missions of Cornwall, England. His feast day is 13 January.

Tradition holds that he came by sea from Rome and landed in Anglesey at Porth yr Yehen, where he built his church.

Saint Elian forbade the keeping of greyhounds after one killed or disturbed a doe in his care.

Source: Wikipedia

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Llaneilian, Wales

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St Elian’s Church in Llaneilian, Wales

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The Font and door to the 12th century tower

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St Elian’s Church, wooden portable Altar

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St Elian’s Cross

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St Elian’s Well

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Άγιος Έλιαν (St Elian / Eilian / Llanelian) o ιεραπόστολος της Κορνουάλλης & ερημίτης στο Llanelian της Ουαλίας, από Ρώμη (+6ος αιώνας) – Ορθόδοξη Ουαλία

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GREAT BRITAIN OF MY HEART

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Anglesey, Ουαλία

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Άγιος Έλιαν (St Elian / Eilian / Llanelian),

ο ιεραπόστολος της Κορνουάλλης της Αγγλίας

και ερημίτης στο Llanelian της Ουαλίας,

από Ρώμη (+5ος αιώνας)

12 & 13 Ιανουαρίου

Ο Άγιος Έλιαν (St Elian) καταγόταν από τη Ρώμη και έζησε τον 5ο αιώνα μ.Χ.. Ήρθε στην Αγγλία και εργάστηκε ως ιεραπόστολος στην Κορνουάλλη μαζί με τον Άγιο Ισμαήλ (St Ismael / Isfael) Επίσκοπο Rhos της Ουαλίας, ως ιεραπόστολος στην Κορνουάλλη.

Επειτα ασκήτεψε θεοφιλώς στο Llanelian στην περιοχή βόρεια της Νήσου Anglesey της Ουαλίας όπου ίδρυσε μια εκκλησία γύρω στο έτος 450.

Η Ιερά Παράδοση λέει ότι ήρθε από τη Ρώμη στην Ουαλία μέσω θαλάσσης και απέπλευσε στο Anglesey στο Porth yr Yehen, όπου έχτισε την εκκλησία του.

Είχε υπό την φροντίδα του μία ελαφίνα και για να το προστατέψει απαγόρεψε την κατοχή των λαγωνικών.

Πηγή:

Wikipedia

&

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Orthodox Heart Sites

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Llaneilian, Ουαλία

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Η εκκλησία του Αγίου Έϊλιαν (St Eilian) σήμερα

στο Llanelian της Ουαλίας όπου έζησε ως ερημίτης

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Το εσωτερικό της εκκλησίας του Αγίου Έϊλιαν (St Eilian)

και η πόρτα που οδηγεί στο εσωτερικό του Κυλινδρικού Πύργου του 12ου αιώνα

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Αρχαία ξύλινη φορητή Αγία Τράπεζα

στο εκκλησάκι του Αγίου Έΐλιαν (St Eilian) στην Ουαλία

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Αρχαίος πέτρινος Σταυρός στο μέρος που

ασκήτεψε ο Άγιος Έλιαν (St Elian)

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Το Ιερό Πηγάδι του Αγίου Έλιαν (St Elian)

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