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The holy and right believing Empress '''Augusta Helen Palaiologos''' , the wife of Emperor Emmanuel Palaiologos of the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire and mother of the last emperor, [[Constantine XI Palaiologos]]. also known by her [[moasticism|monastic]] name of '''Ipomoni''', was known for her piety and works in establishing the home for old people, called ''The Hope of the Despaired''. Her memory is commemorated [[March 13]], the day she fell asleep, and [[May 29]], the day [[Fall of Constantinople|Constantinople]] fell and the death of her son Constantine XI Palaiologos.
 
[[Image:IpomoniKara.jpg|thumb|right|St. Ipomoni - Helen Palaiologos]]
 
[[Image:IpomoniKara.jpg|thumb|right|St. Ipomoni - Helen Palaiologos]]
  
Saint '''Ipomoni''', Greek for patience, was the Queen of Byzantium Augusta Helen Palaiologos, the daughter of the emperor of Slaves Constantine Dragasis. She became empress of Byzantium as the wife of Emmanuel Palaiologos and was mother of the last emperor of the Byzantium Empire [[Constantine XI Palaiologos]]. The siege of Constantinople (Istanbul) happened at the time she and her husband were exiled (1390–1392).  
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==Life==
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Augusta Helen Palaiologos was the daughter of the emperor of Slavs Constantine Dragasis. She became empress of Byzantium as the wife of Emmanuel Palaiologos. She had six children. As empress she was noted for her pious works. She was pious and honored God, and related with people in a godly manner. She was well known for her piety, wisdom, and justice. Her husband (as a former emperor) became a [[monk]] with the name ''Mathieu''. After his death she became a [[nun]] at the Monastery of Kira–Martha, taking the name Ipomoni (or Hipomoni). She helped to establish a home for old people, with the name "The Hope of the Despaired". The home was located at the [[Monastery]] of St. John of the Stone where the [[relics]] of St. [[Patapios]] were also kept.
  
She had six children and as a empress with her pious works she gave pleasant not only to God, but also to the people. She was well known for her wisdom and her justice. Her husband (formal emperor) became a monk with the name '''Mathieu''' and after his death she also became a nun at the monastery of Kira–Martha. She helped to establish an old people´s home – with the name – "The hope of the despaired" – at the monastery of St. John of the Stone where the relics of St. [[Patapios]] were also  kept.
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She died on [[March 13]], 1450. Her son Emperor Constantine XI Palaiologos died on the [[altar]] table of [[Hagia Sophia (Constantinople)|Hagia Sophia]] during fall of the Constantinople on May 29, 1453, while many other Christians were slaughtered by the Ottoman Turk forces of Sultan Mehmet II throughout the city as well as inside the famous [[church]].  
  
She died at [[March 13]], 1450 AD, a few days before Constantinople, the capital of Byzantium, fall at the hands of the Turks barbarians, after a long siege. At the fall of the Constantinople died her son emperor Constantine Palaiologos, and many innocent Christians were slaughtered from the barbarians even inside the famous church of Agia Sofia (one of the miracles of modern history, a amazing construction) which after the siege the Turks they turned it to a mosque. Even today the Turks want to get rid of the Christian Patriarch of the Constantinople and also to get rid from the last Christians that live in Constantinople, after centuries of persecutions.  
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Her [[icon]] is found inside the cage of St. [[Patapios]] at the St. Patapios Monastery in Loutraki, Greece. Her skull is inside the Church of Mary in the same monastery.  
  
You will find her icon inside the cage of St. Patapios in Loutraki, Greece and also her skull inside the Church of Mary in the same monastery.  
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== Source ==
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* [http://www.globalusers.com/saintpatapios_en.php Saint Patapios Monastery]
  
Her memory is commemorated [[March 13]], the day she fell asleep, and [[May 29]], the day Constantinople fell and her son [[Constantine XI Palaiologos]] died.
 
 
== See also ==
 
* [[Constantine XI Palaiologos]] her son
 
* [[Mystras]]
 
  
 
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The holy and right believing Empress Augusta Helen Palaiologos , the wife of Emperor Emmanuel Palaiologos of the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire and mother of the last emperor, Constantine XI Palaiologos. also known by her monastic name of Ipomoni, was known for her piety and works in establishing the home for old people, called The Hope of the Despaired. Her memory is commemorated March 13, the day she fell asleep, and May 29, the day Constantinople fell and the death of her son Constantine XI Palaiologos.

File:IpomoniKara.jpg
St. Ipomoni - Helen Palaiologos

Life

Augusta Helen Palaiologos was the daughter of the emperor of Slavs Constantine Dragasis. She became empress of Byzantium as the wife of Emmanuel Palaiologos. She had six children. As empress she was noted for her pious works. She was pious and honored God, and related with people in a godly manner. She was well known for her piety, wisdom, and justice. Her husband (as a former emperor) became a monk with the name Mathieu. After his death she became a nun at the Monastery of Kira–Martha, taking the name Ipomoni (or Hipomoni). She helped to establish a home for old people, with the name "The Hope of the Despaired". The home was located at the Monastery of St. John of the Stone where the relics of St. Patapios were also kept.

She died on March 13, 1450. Her son Emperor Constantine XI Palaiologos died on the altar table of Hagia Sophia during fall of the Constantinople on May 29, 1453, while many other Christians were slaughtered by the Ottoman Turk forces of Sultan Mehmet II throughout the city as well as inside the famous church.

Her icon is found inside the cage of St. Patapios at the St. Patapios Monastery in Loutraki, Greece. Her skull is inside the Church of Mary in the same monastery.

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