March 5, 2011

Saint Ephraim of Nea Makri Officially Included Among the Saints of the Orthodox Church

Aimilios Polygenis
March 4, 2011

According to information from the Church News Agency, the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate during its session has decided to induct Saint Ephraim of Nea Makri to its List of Saints of the Church of Greece.

The decision was taken following a letter sent by the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, which called for the inclusion of Saint Ephraim into the List of Saints sixty years after the discovery of his relics.

A Synodical Bishop of the Ecumenical Throne, commenting on the decision to, stressed that "the Righteous martyr Ephraim is honored by all Greeks as a saint, and he has also performed very many miracles, for which the Ecumenical Patriarchate has carefully considered the report and decided as necessary."

Also it should be noted that Metropolitan Kyrilos of Kifissia, Maroussi and Oropos arrived today at the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

The information indicates that Metropolitan Kyrilos met at noon at the Phanar with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew where he was briefed on the decision of the Holy Synod.

Furthermore, attempts to induct St. Ephraim were attempted during the course of the Archbishopric of the Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Christodoulos (1997) prompted then by Metropolitan of Attica Panteleimon Bezeniti.

Finally, according to information from, at the Monastery of St. Ephraim of Nea Makri, at this time there were the ringing of the bells in celebration for the good news.

Translated by John Sanidopoulos.

Apolytikion in the First Tone
On Amomon Mountain, you shown forth like the sun, and O God-bearer, you left for God by martyrdom; you endured barbarians’ attacks, Ephraim, O great-martyr of Christ, because of this you ever pour forth grace, to those who piously cry out to you, Glory to Him who gave you strength, Glory to Him you made you wondrous, Glory to Him who grants through you, healings for all!