Rethymnon Crete - September 8th (21st), 2010

Consecration of a new temple dedicated to the Nativity of the Theotokos.

   The Rite of the Dedication of a new temple in Plataniés Rethymnon Crete, was performed by the Reverend Metropolitans, Kirykos of Mesogaias and Lavreotikis and Parthenios of Kition Cyprus, on September 8th the feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos. Serving with them also were Hieromonk Amphilochios and Hierodeacon Sozómenos. Antonios Markou gave a homily during the evening part of the service. The faithful of Crete were joined by their brethren from Greece and Cyprus.
   The Genuine Orthodox Christians of Crete, as did all Greek speaking areas at the time, underwent persecution for their steadfast adherence to the Orthodox Faith against ecumenism and modernism brought in by the acceptance of the papal calendar. In Crete, this new and most pernicious heresy was prophesied by the elder Father Parthenios (+1905) of Koudouma Monastery. Crete has always kept spiritual ties with the GOC of Greece especially since it is the birthplace of that great new pillar of the Orthodox Faith Saint Matthew the New-confessor. Read more of the history of the Orthodox struggle in Crete in this article, in Greek, by Antonios Markou. 

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