Relic of many miracles to visit the U.S.A. for the first time.
The right hand of our patron Saint Spyridon travels to the U.S. from Kerkyra, Greece.
In celebration of the 100th year anniversary, the holy relic of the right hand of Saint Spyridon will be brought to the Saint Spyridon parish in Palos Heights, October 11th-15th, 2017. His Eminence Metropolitan Nektarios of Kerkyra will head a delegation accompanying the relic. Fr. Tilemahos of Saint Spyridon Hellenic Orthodox Church welcomes all the faithful to see and venerate the sacred right hand of our patron Saint Spyridon and receive His blessing.
Saint Spyridon lived in the end of the 3rd and beginning of the 4th centuries on the Isle of Cyprus. Under Emperor Constantine the Great, he was made Bishop of the city of Trimythous on Cyprus. In 325, at the First Ecumenical Council, where the question of the unity of the Divine Essence was discussed, St Spyridon performed a miracle which persuasively interpreted the image of the Holy Trinity. Taking a brick into his right hand, he squeezed it, and as a result, water flowed underneath, flames shot up from the brick and his hand was left with a lump of clay. For this reason, he is depicted in icons with a brick in his hand.
The relics of St Spyridon have survived intact over the centuries. They maintain the temperature of a living body and the flesh is supple. The phenomenon of the condition of the relics was studied by scientists from around the world, but they found no explanation beyond that of a miracle. The soles of the shoes on the feet of the saint are found to be worn from time to time. There is a legend that the saint wanders the world and helps the suffering. His shoes are thus changed from time to time, and the old ones are distributed to various churches.
During 17th century Kerkyra, the relic was seen without his right hand. The reason the right hand was removed is unknown. According to a testimony, the arm was brought to Rome straight from Constantinople between 1592-1605. At that time, the hand was kept in the Church of Santa Maria in Vallicella, Rome where it remained until 1986 when it was returned to Kerkyra, Greece.
Saint Spyridon, both in his earthly life and after his death, helps to heal the sick, delivers believers from their sorrows, helps overcome hardship and difficult situations. Saint Spyridon’s speedy help is known to all believers throughout the world who venerate his holy memory.
Veneration of the holy relic will be available October 11th-15th, and it will be accompanied by the following Divine Services as outlined in the flyer below.
The church will remain open to the public during the following hours
Wednesday, October 11th
7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 12th
7:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Friday, October 13th
7:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 14th
7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 15th
7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.