Thessaloniki, October 26, 2022
The city of Thessaloniki began celebrating its patron and one of the most beloved saints in Greece and throughout the Orthodox world—St. Demetrios the Myrrh-Gusher—yesterday.
As usual, a procession was held in the morning on the day before his feast immediately following the Divine Liturgy. In addition to his relics and holy icon, the Panagia Gerontissa Icon from Pantocrator Monastery on Mt. Athos was also carried in the procession this year, reports Romfea.
The procession was presided over by Metropolitan Makarios of Sidirokastro and attended by several other Greek hierarchs.
Yesterday evening, the hierarchs, clergy, and people gathered at the Church of St. Demetrios to celebrate Great Vespers for the feast of St. Demetrios.
“The emotion was intense as believers flocked early outside the church to light a candle and pray to Panagia Gerontissa and St. Demetrios to heal the wounds of their body and soul,” writes the Orthodoxia News Agency.
And this morning, the feast of St. Demetrios culminated with the hierarchical Orthros and Divine Liturgy in the Church of St. Demetrios, flooded with believers.
Thousands of Orthodox faithful from throughout Greece and beyond have come over the past few days to venerate the precious relics of their beloved St. Demetrios.
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Source: Orthodox Christianity