Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Synaxis of Boeotian Saints

The Boeotian Saints have been honored since 26 January 2002, when on this day the right aisle of the Holy Church of Saint Nicholas the New was dedicated to them, and with the blessing of Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece it operated the same year on the Second Sunday of Great Lent. Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Halkida blessed the silver-encased icon found in the church with Holy Myrrh in accordance with Ecclesiastical Order.

Dr. Haralambi Bousias, a hymnographer of the Church of Alexandria, was contacted by the Parish Council for an Apolytikion, Kontakion and Megalynarion to be written. The Service written by Fr. Gerasimos Mikragiannanitou (+ 2002) was published for parish use also. It was established that the Apolytikion be chanted every Sunday in the church and the entire Service be celebrated on the Second Sunday of Great Lent.

A wooden Proskynitarion with the icon of the Saints was placed in the nave of the church in the right aisle, painted by iconographer Mr. Elias Dimitrelou. It features the saints full-bodied and includes: first row - the Apostles Luke and Rufus surrounded by the hierarchs John and Regino; second row - Saints Clement, Germanos, and Seraphim; third row - Nikitas and Meletios; above them like a crown is Hosios Loukas.

See also: Οι Άγιοι της Βοιωτίας

Ἀπολυτίκιον Ἦχος πλ. α’. Τὸν Συνάναρχον Λόγον.
Βοιωτὼν τοὺς Ἐφόρους ἀνεφημήσωμεν, Λουκᾶν Ἀπόστολον, Ῥοῦφον, Στειρίου κλέος Λουκᾶν, Σεραφείμ, Νικήταν, Κλήμεντα, Μελέτιον, Ῥηγίνον καὶ σὺν Γερμανώ, Ἰωάννην τὸν σοφὸν Ἐπίσκοπον Καλοκτένην. Αὐτῶν λιτὰς τάς ἀόκνους πρὸς τὸν Σωτήρα ἐκδεχόμενοι.

Μεγαλυνάριον Ἦχος πλ. δ’. Τὴν Τιμιωτέραν.
Σεραφείμ, Νικήταν, Ροῦφον, Λουκάν, Κλήμεντα, Ρηγίνον, Καλοκτένην τε Γερμανόν, καί σύν Μελετίῳ, Λουκάν πνευματοφόρον ως Βοιωτῶν προστάτας ὕμνοις γεραίρομεν.

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