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Feast of Sts. Eumenios and Parthenios of Koudoumas (July 10)   Leave a comment

Above:  Crete, 1935

Scanned from Rand McNally World Atlas and International Gazetteer–Special Household Edition (1935), 87

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SAINT PARTHENIOS OF KOUDOUMAS (1829-1905)

Monk

Born Nikolaus Charitakis

Also known as Nestor

brother of

SAINT EUMENIOS OF KOUDOUMAS (1846-SEPTEMBER 5, 1920)

Monk

Born Emmanuel Charitakis

Also known as Methodios

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FOUNDERS OF KOUDOUMAS MONASTERY, CRETE

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Charikaos Charitakis and Maria Androulaki were devout villagers of Pitsidia, near Matala and Phaistos, Crete.  Two of their children were Nikolaus (the future St. Parthenios) and Emmanuel (the future St. Eumenios).  The children grew up steeped in Eastern Orthodox Christianity.  Charikaos died in 1856.  Two years later Nikolaus and Emmanuel became monks.

At Odigitria Monastery, in 1862, Nikolaus became Nestor and Emmanuel became Methodios.  They spent their monastic lives together, living in caves much of the time.  At Koudoumas there were caves.  There was also a ruined, abandoned monastery, with just the church remaining.  The brothers, since 1867 Eumenios and Parthenios, founded a new monastery, at Koudoumas.  They did this after Parthenios reported having received instructions to do so from St. Mary of Nazareth in a vision.  They built the monastery with the help of many lay people.

St. Parthenios, allegedly a wonder-worker, died at Koudoumas Monastery in 1905.  He was about 76 years old.

St. Eumenios, a deacon in 1868 and a priest two years later, died at Koudoumas Monastery on September 5, 1920.  He was about 74 years old.

The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople canonized the brothers and set their feast day as July 10 on July 8, 2007.

Can any devout Christian legitimately question the value of lives, such as those of Sts. Eumenios and Parthenios, devoted to God?  Of course not!

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MAY 9, 2018 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINTS STEFAN AND KAZIMIERZ GRELEWSKI, POLISH ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIESTS AND MARTYRS,  1941 AND 1942

THE FEAST OF DIETRICH BUXTEHUDE, LUTHERAN ORGANIST AND COMPOSER

THE FEAST OF DOROTHY DAY AND PETER LAURIN, COFOUNDERS OF THE CATHOLIC WORKER MOVEMENT

THE FEAST OF THOMAS TOKE LYNCH, ENGLISH CONGREGATIONALIST MINISTER AND HYMN WRITER

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O God, whose blessed Son became poor that we though his poverty might be rich:

Deliver us from an inordinate love of this world, that we, inspired by the devotion of your servants

Saints Eumenios and Parthenios of Koudoumas,

may serve you with singleness of heart,

and attain to the riches of the age to come;

through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Song of Songs 8:6-7

Psalm 34

Philippians 3:7-15

Luke 12:33-37 or 9:57-62

–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), 722

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