Holy New Martyrs Ambrosios, Neophytos and Makarios of Vatopaidi (+ 1821)

Sts. Ambrosios, Neophytos and Makarios of Vatopaidi (Feast Day – June 22)

In 1820 the Hieromonks Neophytos and Ambrosios, the Hierodeacon Parthenios and the monks Dionysios and Dorotheos and later Makarios have been despatched to Crete, by invitation, with sacred relics, so as to expel the horrible illness of the plague, which contaminated the locals there. These relics have been a portion of the Holy Zoni of the Panagia, a present to the monastery of the emperor John Kantakouzinos, a bit of Holy Wood from the True Cross, and the cranium of Saint Andrew of Crete.From the narration of Monk Arsenios Pantokratorinos, which was copied on June 25, 1932 and is preserved within the Monastery of Vatopaidi, we’re knowledgeable how the monastery despatched to the Great Castle of Crete in Heraklion, in June 1820, 5 brothers with the aforementioned sacred relics. After a 15 day journey, the Vatopaidi fathers arrived in Heraklion and after an official reception there, they carried out sanctification of the water ceremonies till the Easter of 1821 on the mainland.

On June 22, 1821, clergy and laity have been gathered on the Metropolis of Heraklion for concern of the Turks, after the Greeks had revolted in lots of locations. During the Turkish invasion of the Metropolis constructing, clergymen and lay individuals have been killed, together with the Vatopaidi hieromonks Neophytos and Ambrosios and the monk Makarios. The hierodeacon Parthenios and the monks Dionysios and Dorotheos took the Holy Zoni, the Holy Cross and the cranium of Saint Andrew of Crete and hid within the homes of Crypto-Christians.

After many adventures, they arrested the monk Dionysios, “they tried to drive him to grow to be a Turk and he didn’t convert”. After a lot torture, they pierced his head with a burning spit and hanged him on Clean Monday, 1822 (February 13). He had beforehand confessed his sins and obtained the divine and immaculate mysteries. In a letter of the rescued hierodeacon Parthenios Vatopaidinos of September 2, 1824, it’s confirmed that one of many fathers was hanged, apparently Dionysios.

The relics, passing by means of numerous arms, arrived in Santorini, the place after many efforts the abbot Dionysios Vatopaidinos managed with the assistance of the native Metropolitan Zacharias to obtain them and transport them again to his monastery on May 2, 1831.





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