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Praised Ignatius, Archbishop of Methymna

October 14

The Holy Archbishop Ignatius of Methymna in Lesvos grew up in a pious home, having both a father and grandfather as priests. He was married with children when he decided to become a priest as well. A certain plague swept through his village, claiming the lives of his wife and all but one child. This child later went on to become a monk. Father Ignatius, with no family to tend to, decided to rebuild the small chapel dedicated to the Archangel Michael on a plot of land which was owned by his father. Here, he built the Leimonos Monastery, dedicated to Archangel Michael. This monastery today contains 365 chapels within its walls – one chapel for every day of the year. Because the holy Ignatius lived during the Turkish Occupation of Greece, he went personally to the Patriarch of Constantinople to decree a Patriarchal Act that the monastery not be touched by Muslim hands. Saint Ignatius became this monastery’s abbot but soon gave up this position to his son so that he might take up the office of Archbishop of Methymna. Being Archbishop, he still kept close contact with his monastery, ensuring that it not only served as a spiritual haven for the afflicted people of Greece, but also a cultural centre keeping the Greek language and traditions alive. After many years, he requested to resign from his office in order to spend the rest of his days as a simple monk. He soon after reposed peacefully in the Lord. His Holy Relics were interred many years after only to be found completely intact and fragrantly flowing myrrh.

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Τὸν ποιμενάρχην Μηθύμνης Ἰγνάτιον ἄσμασι, τὸν μετὰ πάντων ἁγίων δοξασθέντα ἐν θαύμασιν, ὑμνήσωμεν ἀπαύστως οἱ πιστοί, συμφώνως ἐν τὴ τούτου ἑορτή, καὶ ὡς πλεῖστα κατιδόντες ὑπ’ αὐτοῦ, θεραπευθέντα πάθη ἐκβοήσωμεν Δόξα τῷ σὲ δοξάσαντι, δόξα τῷ σὲ στεφανώσαντι, δόξα τῷ ἐνεργούντι διὰ σοῦ πάσιν Ἰάματα.