March 23, 2012

Cyprus Welcomes Relics of the Undefiled Passion

"The Undefiled Passion", a unique treasure of the Holy Archangels Monastery in Aigialia, was venerated on March 15th to March 22 by hundreds of faithful on the island of Cyprus, in its first ever visit to the island.

"The Undefiled Passion" is composed of fragments of the True Cross, the Sponge, the Mantle, the Crown of Thorns and a Stone of the All-Holy Sepulchre of our Lord. It also contains hair from St. John the Forerunner. They were a gift of the bishops Thomas and Demetrios Palaeologos to the founder of Holy Archangels Monastery, their nephew, Saint Leontios, in 1450.