December 1, 2009

The Relic of Saint Symeon Stylite

This sacred relic of Saint Symeon the Stylite is kept at the Holy Monastery of the Metamorphosis (Transfiguration) of the Savior of Moutsialis in Beroea (Veria), Greece.

It is the right hand of Saint Symeon encased in silver which is shaped into a hand. The present silver encasement dates back to 1939. Before this the relic was kept in a box and its history is lost to time. However there are ancient witnesses which do testify to the existence of this relic. Interestingly, the pillar of St. Symeon in Syria was just outside of Beroea, Syria (modern-day Aleppo) and the relic of his hand is in Beroea, Greece.

Many miracles and blessing are ascribed to the right hand of St. Symeon Stylite. Though his feast day is September 1, during the months of July and August the abbot of the Monastery takes the relic to the surrounding villages and blesses the faithful with it.