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Saturday, May 12, 2018

The Skull of Saint Epiphanios of Salamis

Saint Jerome calls Saint Epiphanios "the last relic of ancient piety," due to his zeal for Orthodoxy and simplicity of faith. Upon his repose in 403 he was buried in Salamis (Constantia), after serving as Bishop there for 36 years. His sacred relic was brought to Constantinople under Emperor Leo the VI the Wise (886-912). Today his holy head, or skull, is kept at Kykkos Monastery in Cyprus, as one of its most precious treasures.

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