Holy Mount Athos, July 4, 2016
All Venerable Fathers who have shone forth on Holy Mount
Athos were commemorated on July 3 at the Russian St.
Panteleimon’s Monastery on Mt. Athos, reports a
spokesman of the Afonit.info.
This feast is by tradition celebrated on Mt. Athos every
year on the Second Sunday after Pentecost. According to
the centenarian abbot of the Russian monastery,
Schema-Archimandrite Jeremiah (Alekhin), on this day the
whole of Holy Mount Athos rejoices because each of its
monasteries is blessed with having its own ascetics who
pleased God and were famous for their holy life.
The early Liturgy at the monastery was celebrated at the
church dedicated to All Athonite Saints, and the later
Liturgy was served at the monastery cathedral. The festal
service was headed by Metropolitan Sergy (Ivannikov) of
Barnaul and Altai who had arrived to Mt. Athos as a
On the same day the “Abbess of Holy Mount
Athos” icon of the Most Holy Mother of God is
commemorated at the Russian monastery on Mt. Athos. The
icon is kept at St. Panteleimon’s Monastery and
famous for many miracles.
The feast in honor of the Venerable and God-bearing
Fathers who have shone forth on Holy Mount Athos is
celebrated by all Athonite monks. Solemn services on this
day are by tradition held in all monasteries, sketes and
cells of the Holy Mountain.
The service of the Synaxis of All Saints of Holy Mount
Athos was composed in the nineteenth century by Venerable
Nicodemus the Athonite. However, the troparion to this
festival had existed long before St. Nicodemus and the
feast of All Holy Athonite Fathers had been celebrated
long before the nineteenth century.
The Synaxis of Saints of Holy Mount Athos includes some
450 ascetics, while there are also several thousand
unknown and unrevealed holy men who by their prayers
blessed the soil of the Athonite peninsula, which is why
it is called “the Holy Mountain”.