April 3, 2011

Hundreds Venerate "the Undefiled Passion" in Kilkis

April 3, 2011

"The Undefiled Passion", a unique treasure of the Holy Archangels Monastery in Aigialia, was venerated on March 30th to April 4 by hundreds of faithful in the Holy Metropolis of Polyani and Kilkisios.

The Holy Monastery of St. George on Kilkis Hill in view of the Great Feast of the Resurrection, welcomed "the Undefiled Passion" Wednesday, March 30.

"The Undefiled Passion" is composed of fragments of the True Cross, the Sponge, the Mantle, the Crown of Thorns and the Stone of the All-Holy Sepulchre of our Lord.

So, last Wednesday, Metropolitan Emmanuel with the Brotherhood of the Monastery, the clergy of the town of Kilkis, and pious people, welcomed "the Undefiled Passion" and then conducted the Service of the 9th Hour in the presence of the Regional of Central Macedonia, Panagiotis Psomiades.

There they remained until Friday, after which took place the Small Compline and the Salutations of the Theotokos, with a procession under the escort of the City Philharmonic, contingent soldiers and the Christian crowd moving the relics to the Cathedral of the Holy Transfiguration.

Today, Sunday, April 3, 2011 will be celebrated Matins and the Divine Liturgy officiated by His Eminence Emmanuel of Kilkis, and Monday, April 4 at 11 am they will depart for the Holy Archangels Monastery.

"The Undefiled Passion"

They are the treasure and pride of the Holy Archangels Monastery of Aigialia. They are a gift of Thomas and Demetrios Palaeologos to the founder of the monastery, their nephew, Saint Leontios.

In the post-byzantine box is kept large fragments of the honorable wood, thorns, mantle, and stone from the Holy Sepulchre.

The Christians of the region nourish great devotion to this great treasure of the faith, to which they take refuge when they have problems, epidemics, drought, etc., asking for the transfer of "the Undefiled Passion" to their village, and it has an immediate effect.

Read more here and here about this unique relic.

Translated by John Sanidopoulos