Saturday, 27 August 2011

St. Phanourios Day

Today our Holy Orthodox Church commemorates the memory of the Great Martyr Saint Phanourios. We had Matins and Divine Liturgy in the morning in our new Church. According to a popular custom people bake a special pie / cake in honour of St. Phanourios and bring it to the Church to be blessed. Many families had brought these cakes. Actually, after we had taken the picture there was many more cakes offered.

In regard to the Saint, little is known of the holy Martyr Phanourios. His holy icon was discovered in the year 1500 among the ruins of an ancient church on Rhodes, when the Moslems ruled there. Thus he is called "the Newly Revealed." The faithful pray to Saint Phanourius especially to help them recover things that have been lost, and because he has answered their prayers so often, the custom has arisen of baking a Phanouropita ("Phanourios-Cake") as a thanks-offering.

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