Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A Church Dedicated to St. Arsenios of Cappadocia and St. Paisios the Athonite in Cyprus

Following the Canonization of Elder Paisios the Athonite by the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Church of Saint Arsenios of Cappadocia and Saint Paisios the Athonite, located in an area of Ekali in Limassol, will be dedicated on Friday 23 January 2015. This will be done by Metropolitan Athansios of Limassol, among other hierarchs and clergy. Originally the church was solely dedicated to St. Arsenios, but with the canonization of Elder Paisios, he was included.

It is situated on the north side of the Nicosia-Limassol motorway, near Tsirion Stadium. The Church is of Î’yzantine style with two domes and four chapels. Temporarily, the Liturgy takes place at the semi-underground site of the Church, where are two chapels. One of them is dedicated to Panagia Mahairiotissa, and includes an authentic copy of the miraculous icon of Panagia Mahairiotissa, exhibited for veneration. The second chapel is dedicated to St. David of Evia. The Third chapel is dedicated to Sts. Varachisios and Jonah, in commemoration of the church in which St. Arsenios celebrated the Divine Liturgy in Farasa of Cappadocia.

Every Monday afternoon at 6.30 p.m. there is a Holy Supplication Service, dedicated either to St Arsenios of Cappadocia, where the precious relics of the Saint are exhibited for veneration, or to Panagia Mahairiotissa, or to Panagia Elaiovrytissa (done before the icon of Panagia Elaiovrytissa, transferred from Vatopaidi Monastery of Mount Athos), or to St. David, or to St Mamas the Great Martyr. During the Supplication to St. Mamas, there is a part of the precious relics of the Saint exhibited for veneration, donated to the Church from the Holy Monastery of Simonopetra of Mount Athos. The Small Compline Service takes place every day, with the exception of August, at 6.30 p.m.

At the same place, you can find an ecclesiastical bookshop, an entertainment room for youth, a library and guest quarters. Covering an area of 1500 square metres in total, this is the largest church that has been built in the city of Limassol.

See more about this church here.

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