Our Church commemorates on the 24th of September a prominent saint, one of the great women of the Apostolic age, St. Thekla, the great Champion of the Faith. She was born in Iconium (today’s Konya) around the year 28 AD, to a pagan family. The Saint was 18 years old when Sts. Paul and Barnabas arrived at Iconium, in the fall of 46 AD (after having been persecuted in Antioch). Her gentle soul was dissatisfied with idol worship, and yearned for something deeper, which she found in the teachings of the Apostle Paul. St. Paul fervently preached the Gospel of Christ, first to the Jews at the synagogue in Iconium. However, the fanatical Jews forbade him from preaching there, and so the Holy Apostle continued to proclaim the Gospel in the house of Onesiphorus, a man of good will. Among the many people who came to listen was the young Thekla. She was profoundly moved by what she heard about Jesus Christ’s love and especially, that He willingly died on the cross for the salvation of the whole world. The young woman’s heart was warmed by a love for Christ, and she then decided to devote her life to the Lord and His work, as St. Paul had done.

On September 14, the whole of the Orthodox world rejoices as we celebrate the Exaltation of the Holy Cross: “Behold, through the cross joy has come to the world!” (Paschal prayer)

Your birth, Oh Theotokos, brought joy to the whole world, for from you dawned the sun of righteousness, Christ our God. Freeing us from the curse, He gave us His blessings. Abolishing death, He granted us eternal life.” Apolytikion (the Dismissal hymn) of the Nativity of the Theotokos

On the 3rd of September, in the Church that was built 5 years ago in honor of the Holy Icon of Our Most Holy Lady of Pisidia in Alanya of Antalya, the annual feast was celebrated by the faithful of the region. His Grace Ambrosios of Evdokias the auxiliary bishop to H. Eminence Metropolitan Sotirios of Pisidia, Exarch of Side and Antalya, presided over the Divine Liturgy which was concelebrated by Economos of the Ecumenical Throne Fr. Konstantin Shevchenko, the Dean of the Church; Hieromonk Vladimir Rusanov, the priest of the church of St. Alypios the Stylite; and Deacon Sergei Palatnikau.

Today, on this 3rd of September, our Church commemorates the Miracle Working Icon of the Most Holy Lady of Pisidia. A great miracle associated with the Holy Mother of God occurred on this date, and it is for this reason that this celebration was established on the ecclesiastical calendar. More recently, on this day in 2014, another miracle of this icon took place, which brought about not only a revival of the feast, but a Church was also built in its honor. There are written testimonies of the existence of this icon and the miracles that Our Most Holy Lady worked through it, starting in the 6th century. She is called Pisidiotissa (of Pisidia) because she resided in the Church of the Most Holy Lady in the Byzantine city of Sozopol, located in the province of Pisidia of Asia Minor (the city is today called Uluborlu).


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