August 3, 2016
A festive All-Night Vigil was held in Simenopetra
Monastery on August 3 in honor of the day of commemoration
of the Holy, Equal-to-the-Apostles Mary Magdalene (July
22/August 4), whose left hand is one of the main relics of
The festive divine service was officiated by His Eminence
Joseph, Metropolitan of Prinkiponisos.
A special place among the holy objects comprising the
treasury of Simenopetra Monastery is occupied by the left
hand of the Equal-to-the-Apostles Mary Magdalene.
The hand of this saint is incorrupt and emits a sweet
fragrance. Those who venerate it testify that the hand is
warm, maintaining the temperature of the human body.
Owing to many miracles occurring at the relics of Holy,
Equal-to-the-Apostles Mary, the brothers of the monastery
consider her to be a second patron of the monastery.
The sacred myrrh-streaming relics of St. Mary were
festively translated from Ephesus to Constantinople by the
Emperor Leo IV the Philosopher in 890, being placed in the
Monastery of St. Lazarus.
Currently relics of St. Mary Magdalene are known to be
located in the following Athonite monasteries: Simenopetra
(hand), Esphigmenou (foot), Dochariou (particle),