May 7, 2011

St. Ephraim's First Official Celebration At Nea Makri (video)

Saint Ephraim the Newly-Revealed was celebrated on May 5th for the first time officially at his monastery in Nea Makri, which is the place he was martyred centuries ago and revealed himself only 60 years ago. When St. Ephraim was a monk at this ancient monastery, it was known as the Monastery of the Annunciation of the Theotokos of Amomon Mountain.

Metropolitan Eusebios of Samos gave a homily, and said: "Saint Ephraim, by his wondrous appearance, assures us that the Lord God lives." He went on to say: "Let us have Saint Ephraim as a model for our own lives and example to follow. Let us be jealous of his faith, walk the path of his confession, and establish within us a pure heart, that we may struggle with vigor."

See photos here and the video below of the celebration.