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[[Image:PhanouriosRhodes25h.JPG|thumb|right||Original icon of St. Phanourios. Rhodes.]][[Image:PhanouriosRhodes110h.JPG|thumb|right|Interior of Church of St. Phanourios. Rhodes]][[Image:Phanourios.JPG|thumb|right|Contemporary icon of St. Phanourios]]The holy, glorious and right-victorious Great-[[martyr]] '''Holy Great-Martyr St Phanourios'''(also ''Fanurius, Fanourios, Phanurius, Phanourius'') the miracle workerNewly Appeared '''of Rhodes''', the Miracle-Worker, is commemorated by the Church on [[August 27]] and . There is not simply honoured by no literature available in the faithful on this date but on many occassions through a symbolic cake, called the "Phanouropita" which can be brought church prior to the discovering his little church, at any time, for a blessingin Rhodes so not much is known about St. Phanourios's life other than the images of his martyrdom on his [[icon]].
Not much is known about St Phanourios's life because all evidence of his life has been destroyed with time. The only literary evidence that supports a historical date, relating to this saint, is documented in the book "''Lives of the Saints"'', which testifies that his the icon in Rhodes was discovered, in Rhodes, around 1500 AD. Some sources support the opinion that the icon was discovered in Cyprus and not in Rhodes. A recent research paper on folklore<ref> [http://goliath.ecnext.com/coms2/gi_0199-5501013/The-folk-cult-of-St.html The folk cult of St]</ref> suggests that there are two manuscripts. The first is the mention of a miracle included in the ''Cod. Vat. Gr. 1190'' (dating from 1452 and written in Crete) and was published in the ''Acta Sanctorum''. The second manuscript originates from Heraklion, dating from 1600-1640 (Vassilakes-Mavrakakes 1980-81, p. 226). Both of these manuscripts describe a miracle that took place in Rhodes which caused the saint's fame to spread from Rhodes to Crete.
In the church Church we have the tradition of [[saints for special purposespatron saint]]s. St . Phanourios assists has become famous for assisting the faithful by in revealing a lost or hidden object or matterspiritual matters of the heart, objects, directing and/or revealing actions that should be taken, restoring health and similar situations. He is then honoured by the faithful through a symbolic cake, called the "Phanouropita" which can be brought to the church, at any time, for a blessing.
==Discovery of the icon==
The church has understood main way of familiarising oneself with the life of this Saint the saint is through the discovery of his icon in Rhodes (or Cyprus). Around this icon are 12 stations showing his martyric death.
An excerpt from the fanourios.org::''A fortuitous discovery by nomadic pagans, not Christians, brought to light this unheralded saint when a roving band of Arabs, who had pillaged the island of Rhodes uncovered amid the ruins of an ancient church a group of icons, among other artifacts. All of the icons were in a state of decay or near ruin with the exception of one, which appeared as new and as fresh as though it had been painted the day before. This icon was discarded by the Arabs, ;who failed to attach any importance to it. At a safe distance a group of monks hiding in the rubble observed this phenomenon and waited patiently until the Arabs had left the scene, whereupon they rushed to reclaim this fantastic image in its remarkable state of preservation.
:''They beheld a clearly outlined face of a saint with the name inscribed in what appeared to be fresh lettering that spelled out "Fanourios" and on closer examination fell on their knees at what they saw. Drawn about the saint were twelve distinct frames in each of which Fanourios was shown enduring a cruel form of torture in a realism that suggested the artist must have been witness to the atrocity. They rushed back to see if any of the other icons were in as perfect a state, but although they were all of the same basic design, size, and shape, all of them were quite ancient and quite indistinct. After careful scrutiny it was finally concluded that this icon of fanou4rios had, indeed , been one of a group that had been exhumed after untold centuries and that its freshness was a divine manifestation of the complete saintliness of this man about whom they were now determined to learn more.
:''But years of research, scanning the archives of centuries and questioning the leading authorities of the day, yielded nothing, and no more was known about Fanourios than the day on which his icon was snatched from the ruins of that ancient Greek church. The torture scenes of the icon provided no clues, and examination of which showed Fanourios being stoned, on the rack, being slashed, behind bars, standing before a judge, tied to a frame, being =burned with candles, tied to a post, thrown to wild animals, crushed by a boulder, holding hot coals, and a demon hovering against a background of flames. All of these horrors conveyed that Fanourios was an apparently indestructible instrument of God and that in itself was sufficient evidenced of his sainthood.
:''Archbishop Milos of Rhodes concluded that the unblemished icon itself was testimony enough to prove that Fanourios was a man of divine grace, and he petitioned the Patriarch to convene a synod which would officially proclaim Fanourios a saint, after which there was erected in the saint's memory a cathedral which enshrined the holy icon/ . Fanourios, lost for centuries in the ruins of a church, became the patron saint of things lost. To this day his name is invoked when prayers are asked for the recovery of things lost items."'' [http://www.saintfanourios.org/Bios.htm]
==Martyrdom of the Saint==The portrayle of each illustration original icon is as follows::1. The saint is standing in front of a Roman magistrate and defending his Christian faith;:2. Soldiers beat the saint on the head and mouth with rocks to force him to deny his faith.:3. The saint remains patient which angers the soldiers. They are shown in this illustration, throwing him to the ground and beating him with sticks and clubs in a further attempt to force him to deny his faith.:4. The saint is now in prison. He is illustrated completely naked with the soldiers ripping his flesh apart with some sort of iron implement.:5. The saint is still in prisonquite large. In this station, he is shown praying to God, perhaps to give him strength to endure his tortures. :6. Next, the saint center is standing in front of the Roman magistrate again defending his position. The expression on the face a portrait of the saint is calm.:7. In this image, it is obvious that the Roman magistrate has sentenced the saint to the executioners for remaining unmoved holding a candle in Station 6. The saint is again shown naked with executioners torching (burning) his body.:8. At right hand and around this station, the executioners are now using mechanical means to torture the saint. He appears tied to an apparatus that rotate to crush his bones. Though he would be truly suffering intensely for God, the look on his face is peaceful and patient.:9. :10. :11. :12. This last scene is smaller images showing the glorification each stage of the saint and end to his martyrdom. He is standing upright, over flames in a large kiln.
==Iconographic variations==The portrayal of each illustration is as follows:{{stub}}# The saint is standing in front of a Roman magistrate and defending his Christian faith.# Soldiers beat the saint on the head and mouth with rocks to force him to deny his faith.# The saint remains patient which angers the soldiers. They are shown in this illustration, throwing him to the ground and beating him with sticks and clubs in a further attempt to force him to deny his faith.# The saint is now in prison. He is illustrated completely naked with the soldiers ripping his flesh apart with some sort of iron implement.# The saint is still in prison. In this station, he is shown praying to God, perhaps to give him strength to endure his tortures. # Next, the saint is standing in front of the Roman magistrate again defending his position. The expression on the face of the saint is calm.# In this image, it is obvious that the Roman magistrate has sentenced the saint to the executioners for remaining unmoved in Station 6. The saint is again shown naked with executioners torching (burning) his body.# At this station, the executioners are now using mechanical means to torture the saint. He appears tied to an apparatus that rotates to crush his bones. Though his body is truly suffering intensely for God, the look on his face is peaceful and patient.# His executioners watch as the Saint is thrown into a pit with wild beasts. The wild beasts circle around him as if they are lambs and share companionship with him.# The saint is removed from the pit to be crushed under the weight of a huge boulder.# Unsuccessful, the executioners now place hot coals into his palms to force the saint to sacrifice at their pagan alter. In this image, their is an image of a dragon, representing the devil, flying away and crying at the saints victory even over this torture.# The final scene shows his martyrdom. He is in a large kiln, standing on a stool with flames and smoke all around him. The Saint is shown in prayer.
==Phanouropita==
The custom of the Phanouropita ("Phanourios" and "pita" for "bread" or "cake") is a Greek and Cypriot tradition, preserved in many regions of Greece and Cyprus and spread to the Greek people of the diaspora. Though it is not a Holy Tradition, it has been welcomed and adopted formerly into the church as a blessing service, that take no more than 5 minutes to complete.
==It is offered at [[Vespers]] services and/or just before the Phanouropita cake==The custom [[Liturgy]] finishes on the [[feast day]] of the Phanouropita cake is a Greek and Cypriot tradition, preserved saint (August 27). Many villagers in many regions of Greece and Cyprus and spread believe that they follow this tradition to grant rest to the Greek people soul of the diaspora (Australia, USA, England etc)saint's mother. Though it is The Church does not formally hold this position since there is no evidence from what we know of the saint's life to confirm whether his mother indeed was a Holy Traditionfornicator, it has been welcomed and adopted formerly into the church as a blessing servicethis 'hearsay' suggests. Despite the Church having made this statement on many occasions, that take no more than 5 minutes the common people within the Church will still express the phrase, "May God grant rest to completethe soul of Saint Phanourios' mother."
It The pita is offered at vesper services small and/round, like a cake, and should be made using either nine or just before the liturgy finishes on the feast day of the saint on [[August 27]]. Many villages in Greece believe that they do this tradition to grant rest for the soul of the saints mothereleven ingredients. The church does not formerly hold this position since there is no evidence on the saint's life to confirm if his mother indeed was a fornicatorbasic ingredients include sifted flour, as this 'heresay' suggests. Despite the church having made this statement on many occassionssugar, the commong people within the church will still express the phrase, "May God grant rest to the soul of Saint Phanourios' mother."cinnamon and oil.
The pita ==Hymns==[[Apolytikion]] (Fourth [[Tone]]) [http://www.serfes.org/lives/phanourius.htm]:A heavenly song of praise is small brightly sung on the earth;:the hosts of the Angels keep an earthly festival now in splendour and round, like a cakeradiant joy;:from on high, they praise with hymns thy suff'rings and should be made using either 9 ingredients or 11. The basic ingredients include sifted flourstruggles;:and below, sugar, cinnamon the Church doth laud the heavenly glory:thou foundest by thy contests and oilpains, O glorious Phanurius.
==Hymns & Troparia ==[[Kontakion]] (Third Tone) [http://www.serfes.org/lives/phanourius.htm]'''Dismissal Hymn of :From a vile captivity,:thou didst deliver the Martyr - Fourth Tone''Lord' s priests,A HEAVENLY song of praise is brightly sung on the earth; * the hosts of the Angels keep an earthly festival now in splendour :and radiant joy; * from on high, they praise with hymns thy suff'rings and strugglesO godly-minded one,:didst break their bonds by divine might; * and below:thou didst bravely shame the tyrants':audacious madness, :giving joy unto the Church doth laud the heavenly glory * thou foundest by thy contests and painsAngels, O glorious thou Great Martyr.:O Phanuriusmost glorious,:we all revere thee:as a true warrior of God.
'''Kontakion of the Martyr - Third Tone'''FROM a vile captivity, * thou didst deliver the Lord's priests, * and, O godly-minded one, * didst break their bonds by divine might; * thou didst bravely shame the tyrants' * audacious madness, * giving joy unto the Angels, O thou Great Martyr. * O Phanurius most glorious, * we all revere thee * as a true warrior of God. ==List of churches Churches dedicated to saint Saint Phanourios==
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* Church dedicated to St . Phanourios within the abandoned [http://static.panoramio.com/photos/original/3361238.jpg/ Monastery of Valsamonerou] (or Valsamoneri), Vorizia (Heraklion, Greece).:''This abandoned 14th-15th century monastery stands in the village of Vorizia, 52 kilometres south-west of Heraklion and had a church dedicated to Agios Phanourios, housing some incredible 15th century frescoes which are pure artistic masterpiece and unique examples of the Cretan School [http://http://static.panoramio.com/photos/original/33612383535926.jpg/ Picture of Monastery15th century frescoes'''Recent'which are pure artistic masterpiece and unique examples of the Cretan School.'':The two aisles of the church were constructed and painted at different times: the northern aisle is the oldest with dates inscribed in the wall of 1332 and 1404, the southern one is next with an inscription dated 1400-1428. * :The Greek Orthodox Community church is a very rare example of a church with two narthex at the entrance of the church, both at right angles to the two aisles of the church. The church contains interesting exterior decorations of bricks. The doors and round windows are exceptionally well-carved. It is one of the best examples of Gothic influence in the exterior decoration of Byzantine churches in Crete; also the church contains some very well-preserved frescoes.*[http://www.SaintFanourios.org/ St Phanourios . Fanourios Church] (- Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA) - (; [[GOARCH)]]*The Greek Orthodox Church of St. Barbara, RevSt. Fr. Constantine XirouhakisPhanourius and St.Paul - Westcliffe-on-Sea, Essex, England; [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain]]
==External Sources==* [http://www.serfes.org/lives/phanourius.htm/ Life of St Phanourios ] compiled by Father Demetrios Serfes]* [http://www.SaintFanourios.org/ St Phanourios Church] (GOARCH) - Rev. Fr. Constantine Xirouhakis* ''St. Phanourios - His Life and Miracles'' ([http://www.saint-spyridionspyridon.org/KentroofOrthodoxMartyria.dsp available in English])*[http:/ /gnisios.narod.ru/phanourios.html Translation of the Life and Paraklesis Service bookletof St Phanourios] - available by George Lardas.* Marianthi, Kaplanoglou. ''"The Folk Cult of St Phanourios in EnglishGreece and Cyprus, and its Relationship with the International Tale Type 804."'' '''Folklore''' 1(2006):54.
==External links==
*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=108969 St Phanourius] ([[OCA]])
*[http://www.thehtm.org/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=27_50_92&products_id=397&osCsid=d8fdf9cfc419ac85ec59a5ec88fa7b0b St. Phanurius Icons for sale HTM] (HOCNA)
*[http://goarch.org/en/chapel/saints.asp?contentid=584 Phanourios the Great Martyr & Newly Appeared of Rhodes] (GOARCH)
*[http://gnisios.narod.ru/phanourios.html The Holy and Glorious Great Martyr St. Phanourios the Newly-Manifest Whose memory we celebrate on 27 August] translated by Fr. George Lardas from the ''Great Synaxaristes of the Orthodox Church'' (in Greek), 4th ed. (Athens, 1974), Vol. VIII, pp. 470-474.
*[http://www.comeandseeicons.com/p/sgp17.htm Saint Phanourios] at Come and See Icons
*[http://www.saintandrew.net/fr_josiah/works/Pentecost/St.%20Phanourios%20&%20Riches%20Pentecost%2012.pdf Homily: St. Phanourios & The Rich Young Man (PDF)] by Fr. Josiah Trenham
*[http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m2386/is_1_117/ai_n16346139 The folk cult of St Phanourios in Greece and Cyprus, and its relationship with the International Tale Type] by Kaplanoglou Marianthi, from ''Folklore'', April, 2006.
===Phanouropita===
*[http://www.orthodox.net/recipes/st-phanourios-story-prayer-to-bread-recipes.html St Phanourios (Phanurios), newly revealed, of Rhodes.]
*[http://web.archive.org/web/20041225151026/http://www.saintdemetriosgoc.com/sd/nv1i3p6.htm ''Archive of'' Phanouropita]
*[http://www.prosphora.org/page20.html#St.%20Phanourios%20Bread%20(Fanouropita) St. Phanourios Bread (Fanouropita)]
*[http://www.fortunecity.com/millennium/goodgirl/1215/stfanourios.htm Of Cakes and Miracles]
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