July 9, 2009

Nine Day Memorial of Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi Served Today

St Symeon of Thessaloniki interprets these important Memorial days as: “The three day Memorial we do for the Holy Trinity, because from the Holy Trinity we have our existence and our life. The nine day Memorials remind us of the nine orders of holy Angels, among which our beloved one has been numbered. The fortieth day Memorial is for the Ascension of our Saviour. The three-month, six-month and nine-month symbolize the Holy Trinity”.

Below also is a tribute video dedicated to the first post-mortem sign of the Elder's sanctity - his smile.