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The holy and [[File:Manuel II Palaeologos Helena sons.jpg|thumbnail|right believing Empress '''Augusta Helen |Portrait of Manuel II Palaiologos''', also known by her monastic name of '''Ipomoni''', was the with his wife of Emperor Emmanuel Palaiologos of the Eastern Roman Helena (ByzantineSt. Ipomoni) Empire and mother of the last emperor, [[Constantine XI Palaiologos]]. She was known for her piety and works in establishing the home for old people, called ''The Hope two of the Despaired''his sons. 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]].
The holy and right believing Empress '''Helen Dragas Palaiologos''' ({{el icon}} Eλένη Δραγάση; {{sr icon}} Јелена Драгаш; c.1372 – 1450), also known by her [[monasticism|monastic]] name of '''Ipomoni''', was the daughter of the emperor of the Slavs Constantine Dragasis and the wife of emperor Manuel II Palaiologos of Constantinople. Her name Ipomoni translates in English as '''Patience'''. She had six children. Her [[feast day]] is celebrated on [[March 13]]. Additionally, her memory is celebrated on [[May 29]].
==Life==
''Augusta Helen Palaiologos'' was the daughter of the emperor of Slavs ''Constantine Dragasis''. She became As empress of Byzantium as the wife of ''Emmanuel Palaiologos'', St. She had six children. As empress she Ipomoni was noted for her pious works. She was pious and honored God, and related with people in a godly manner. She The philosopher Georgios Plethon writes that as an empress 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]] are also kept.
She died on Her husband (as a former emperor) became a [[March 13monk]], 1450with the name ''Mathieu''. Her son, Emperor After his death she became a [[Constantine XI Palaiologosnun]]at the Monastery of Kira–Martha, died on taking the [[altar]] table of [[Hagia Sophia name Ipomoni (Constantinoplealso Hipomoni)|Hagia Sophia]] during . Although she was the former empress, she helped with all the jobs in the fall of [[Constantinoplemonastery]] on along with the other nuns. She helped to establish a home for old people, with the name "The Hope of the Despaired". The home was located at the [[May 29Monastery]], 1453, while many other Christians were slaughtered by the Ottoman Turk forces of ''Sultan Mehmet IISt. John of the Stone'' throughout where the city as well as inside the famous [[churchrelics]] of St. [[Patapius of Thebes]]are also kept.
Her An early siege of Constantinople occurred when St. Ipomoni and her husband were exiled from 1390 to 1392. She died on [[iconMarch 13]] is found inside , 1450, three years before Constantinople fell to the cage of StOttoman Turks. Her son, emperor [[PatapiosConstantine XI Palaiologos]] at , died in the final charge (although some say on the [[Monastery altar]] table of St Patapios (LoutrakiHagia Sophia)|Monastery during the [[fall of St. PatapiosConstantinople]] in Loutrakion May 29, 1453, Greece. Her skull is while many other Christians were slaughtered by the Ottoman Turk forces of Sultan Mehmet II throughout the city as well as inside the ''[[Church ]] of Mary'' in the same monastery[[Hagia Sophia (Constantinople)|Hagia Sophia]].
== See also ==*[[St. Ipomoni was buried in the Monastery of St Patapios the Pantocratoras in Constantinople, where her husband and three of their children (Loutraki)of which two were [[monk]]s as well) were also buried.
After the [[Fall of Constantinople|conquest of Constantinople]] by the Turks in 1453, Angelis Notaras, a nephew of St. Ipomoni, transferred to Geraneia mountain (at the city Loutraki, near Athens) the [[relics]] of St. [[Patapius of Thebes]] into a cage. The cave was a place where [[hermit]] monks lived since the eleventh century. Also, in that cage is a Byzantine [[icon]] of Ss. Patapios and Ipomoni as well as the skull of St. Ipomoni. In 1952, Father Nektarios Marmarinos established the [[Monastery of St Patapios (Loutraki, Greece)]] where they still keep the holy skull of St. Ipomoni. The memory of St. Ipomoni is celebrated on [[May 29]], the day that Constantinople fell to the Ottomans and her son Constantine XI Palaiologos died at the battle. == Source Reference==* "Life, akolouthia, paraklitikos kanonas and egomia of the holy mother ‘’Saint Hypomone" [Dr. Charalambos Busias, edition of Holy Monastery of Saint Patapios, Loutraki 1999]* "Saint Hipomoni: History and asmatiki akolouthia" [Archpriest Makrystathis Sotirios, Athens, 1993]* "Kanon parakletikos & Hairetistirioi oikoi to the Blessed Mother's Saint Hypomone" [Dr. Charalambos Busias, edition of the Holy Monastery of Saint Patapios Loutraki 2007*«The Holy Monastery of Saint Patapios in Loutraki» [edition of the Metropolis of Corinth, Sikyon, Zemenou, Tarsus and Polyfengous, 2012]. *«The Greek Monasteries» [Ev. Lekkou, Ihnilatis, Athens, 1995].* "Agiologio of Orthodoxy," [Christos Tsolakidis, Athens, 2001 edition]* «O Megas Synaxaristis of the Orthodox Church" Saint Patapios, p. (254) - (261) [m Victoras Mattheos, 3rd edition, Metamorfosi Sotiros Monastery, Athens, 1968]* "Saint Patapios" [Stylianos Papadopoulos, professor of the University of Athens, Holy Monastery of Saint Patapios, Loutraki, Greece, edition 2006).* "St. Patapios and his miracles," [Dr. Charalambos Busias, edition of Holy Monastery of Saint Patapios Loutraki 2004]* "Deltos of Miracles of our miraculous father St. Patapios" [Dr. Charalambos Busias, edition of Holy Monastery of Saint Patapios 4th Edition, Loutraki 2011] == External links ==* [http://www.immspartis.gr/?page_id=8758 Information about St Hipomoni from the Church of Sparta]* http://www.impantokratoros.gr/agiaypomoni.el.aspx * [http://www.globalusers.com/saintpatapios_enmonastir_eng.php htm Saint Patapios Monastery: his life, his miracles and his monastery]
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