May 9, 2020

Synaxarion of Saint Hieronymos of Simonopetra

By Metropolital Joel of Edessa


On the 9th of this month (May), we commemorate our Venerable Father Hieronymos of Simonopetra, who reposed in Athens on the 6th of January, and as this day is the glorious feast of Theophany, his feast is transferred to this day [the translation of his Holy Relics].


O Hieronymos, remember all of those,
Who praise your memory in hymns.

This, our new Venerable Father Hieronymos of Simonopetra, was born in 1871 in Reis-Dere of Asia Minor to his pious parents Nicholas and Maria, who raised him, teaching him the law of the Lord. At a young age, he entered the cenobium of Simonopetra on Mount Athos, and was distinguished there for his humility, his prayer and his obedience. He was made Abbot of this exalted Monastery of the Venerable Simon. He was known for his asceticism and his virtue of discernment. When he later resigned the Abbacy, he was placed at the Metochion of the Divine Ascension in Vyrona of Athens. He was a man of prayer, worship and almsgiving. He showed signs of the prophetic gift. He reposed in the Lord venerably in Athens on December 24th of the Old Calendar, and January 6th of the New Calendar in 1957. He showed forth many signs of holiness, both to those asleep and awake. His feast is translated to the 9th of May, which was the day of the translation of his Holy Relics.

Apolytikion in Plagal of the First Tone
The adornment of the Athonite Fathers, and the root of the Sacred Cenobium of Simonopetra, you have been shown to be in these latter days, O Hieronymos, for you have risen as a light in the city of Athens, illuminating the multitudes of the faithful, therefore cease not to intercede on behalf of us who hymn you.

Kontakion in Plagal of the Fourth Tone
As a most exact imitator of the Venerable Saints, and Abbot of Athos, Hieronymos, the faithful praise you from their heart, for you lived in Athens like an angel, and guided many to the Savior. Therefore, we cry out to you: Rejoice, O all-famed Father.

You shown as an angel on Athos, O Hieronymos, in the latter days, O God-bearer, as the Abbot of the Monastery of our Blessed and Venerable Father Simon, and you illumined both monastics and those in the world, who cry out to you:
Rejoice, the vessel of many graces,
Rejoice, member of the choir of the Saints.
Rejoice, boast of the Cenobium of Simon,
Rejoice, hymn of praise of the whole of Athos.
Rejoice, for you humbled yourself for Christ,
Rejoice, for you conquered the unseen enemy.
Rejoice, for you shown forth amidst the Athenians,
Rejoice, for manfully you ruled over your passions.
Rejoice, the boast of unmarried men,
Rejoice, boldness for chaste married people.
Rejoice, staff for many living in the world,
Rejoice, healing of the afflictions of mortals.
Rejoice, O all-famed Father.

Rejoice, you who underscored asceticism, the pride of Athos, the joy of the Athenians. Rejoice, the radiant vessel of the Venerable, and the Abbot of the Monastery of Simon, O Hieronymos.