February 1, 2018

The Skull of Saint Tryphon in Kastania of Agrafa

A portion of the skull of Saint Tryphon is kept in the village of Kastania in Agrafa of Northern Greece. According to written records and oral tradition, pious Orthodox residents purchased the holy relic from robbers during the Turkish occupation, and they placed it in the now ruined Monastery of Saint Tryphon in the village of Moucha. Today it is kept in the Church of the Nativity of the Theotokos in Kastania. There he is annually celebrated on his feast day, February 1, works miracles such as the driving away of pests from the fields, and is regarded as their patron saint.