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Metropolis of Kythira

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{{Inprogress|[[User:Ixthis888|Vasiliki]]}}The Holy '''Metropolis of Kythira and Antikythera''' (Gr:Κύθηρα, ''Cythera, Kythera'') is under the [[jurisdiction ]] of the [[Church of Greece]].== Metropolitan ==His Eminence Metropolitan '''Seraphim (Stergioulis) The metropolis is located among a number of Kythira''' (b. 1950, Vragiana, Karditsa) was enthroned as [[metropolitan]] of Kythera and AntiKythera [[July 2]], 2005Ionian islands.
== Diocese Metropolitan==The Metropolis His Eminence Metropolitan '''Seraphim (Stergioulis) of Kythira has a total of 30 churches''' (b. 1950, 300 chapelsVragiana, 30 cemetery churches Karditsa) was [[enthronement|enthroned]] as [[metropolitan]] of Kythera and 4 monasteriesAntiKythera on [[July 2]], 2005.
== Panagia Myrtidiotissa Past ruling hierarchs==:''For more information, see main article: *[[Panagia MyrtidiotissaKyrillos II (Christakis) of Thessaliotis|Kyrillos II (Chrystakis)]]'' 1998 - 2005*Iakovos (Korozis) 1980 - 1997The Holy icon *[[Dorotheus (Kottaras) of Athens|Dorotheus (Kottaras) of Kythira and Antikythera]] 1922 - 1935 [[]  ==Panagia Myrtidiotissa==Panagia Myrtidiotissa]] (''The Virgin of the Myrtle Tree'') is the protectress of the Kythirians. The tradition of the Holy [[icon]] of [[Panagia Myrtidiotissa]] says that a shepherd saw in his sleep an [[angel]]. The angel was pointing to an area of Kythira where the shepherd would take his sheep to graze. In this vision with the angel, the shepherd saw the icon of the Virgin Mary lying amongst the myrtle bushes. The shepherd awoke from the vision and in the morning went to that location to find the icon. As in his vision, the icon was lying amongst the myrtles. The shepherd took the icon home with him only to find the next day that the icon was missing. When he went to look for it, he found by the icon amongst the myrtle bushes again. In honour of this miracle, the shepherd built a sheperd small [[church]] to house the icon. This story occurred sometime in c. 1160. A monastery  Today, this little [[chapel]] remains as it was, however, a larger [[temple]] has been founded built above the church sometime in that exact location the 19th century. The temple is surrounded by many monastic [[cell]]s and this [[monastery]] is the largest in the icon Metropolis. The monastery celebrates on [[September 24]] and monastery celebrate [[August 15]]. == Local Saints saints==
*Virgin-martyr St. [[Elessa of Kythera]], d. 375 ([[August 1]])
*:Elessa was the daughter of "Helladios of Peloponnesus." She moved to Kythira because her father could not accept her christian faith. He followed her to the island and when he found her he killed her; today this is the location of the monastery. This all occurred in 375 AD. Her story is similar to that of St. [[Theodore Markella of KorinthChios]] .*St. Theodore of Koroni (Mani) ([[May 12]], c. 922) - his :Theodore was from Koroni (Mani) and came to the island from [[Monemvasia]]. He stayed in the abandoned chapel of Ss. Sergios and Vacchos for a year before dying c. 922. His relics were found on Kythira and in 1630 Bishop Athanasius (Valerianos) of Kythira founded a church in honour of this saint.
*Priest-martyr St. [[Myronos of Antikythira]] ([[August 17]])
:'''St. Myronos was from a wealthy family who devoted his entire life to the priesthood and establishing the Christian church during the reign of the Dekios, c. 250 AD. He dies a martyric death.'''
== Churches, Monasteries monasteries, and Chapels chapels==The Metropolis of Kythira has a total of 30 churches, 300 chapels, 30 cemetery churches, and 4 monasteries.*Church of St. Andrew, Livadi: This is one of the most important churches belonging to the [[metropolis]] because of its complex architecture and historically important "Hagiografies" ('''Male Monasteries'wall murals'') dating to the 12th and 13th centuries.#The Holy Monastery *Church of St. Theodore of KorinthGeorge on the Mountain#The :This is a small church on the mountain between the Holy Monastery of the Hope of the Virgin Maryand the village of Avlemonas. In the area of this church, archaeologists have found a Minoan temple and various vessels and effigies.#The Holy Monastery *Church of St. Elessa Demetrios:This church is a cluster of Kythirafour smaller churches/chapels with a common internal area.
Male Monasteries
*The Holy Monastery of St. Theodore of Koroni (Mani), Aroniadika village.
:This monastery is founded over the small chapel dedicated to Ss. Sergios and Vacchos.
*The Holy Monastery of Hope of the Virgin Mary
:The Holy Monastery of the Hope of the Virgin Mary, known as "Agia Moni," was founded in 1840 by [[w:Kolokotronis|Kolokotronis]] and is dedicated to the Virgin Mary; the founder had promised to return to the island and assist in the construction if the Greek Revolution of 1821 was successful. The monastery celebrates [[August 6]].
*The Holy Monastery of St. Elessa of Kythira
:The Holy Monastery of St. Elessa of Kythira is built over the spot where St. [[Elessa of Kythira|Elessa]] was martyred. The temple was built in 1871 and has few cells.
== Monuments ==
== See also ==
--->==Sources==*[ Holy Metropolis of Kythira Holy Synod]*[ Orthodoxia 2009] == External Links links==*[ The Holy Metropolis of Kythiron and Antikytheron Website] (Greek)*[ Ecclesia of Greece website - SummaryΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛΕΙΣ ΤΗΣ ΕΚΚΛΗΣΙΑΣ ΤΗΣ ΕΛΛΑΔΟΣ] (Greek)
[[Category:Dioceses|Kythira]][[Category:Greek Dioceses|Kythira]]

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