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Metropolitan's Message

amfilochios kisamou“We replaced wisdom with knowledge and now we have replaced knowledge with information”, writes Thomas Eliot in “Waste Land”. Could we possibly make the Internet an important pastoral tool in the hands of the Church? Could the millions of people who daily surf the cyberworld palpate hope and discover the wonders of God and people via the Internet?" Believing that the Church's mission is to offer this world the opening of Heaven and to give man the prospect of salvation, which is Christ Himself, the question arises...  



The Assumption in our Metropolis 2014

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The great feast of the Assumption, the Easter of summer, was celebrated with great splendor by the pious people of the Provinces of our Holy Metropolis with Liturgies, Holy Paraklesis Services, Vigils, Processions, etc. His Eminence our Metropolitan Mr. Amphilochios officiated, in the morning of August 14th, at the Holy male coenobiac Monastery of Chrysoskalitissa, which is dedicated to the Assumption of Mary, while the Great Vespers and Divine Liturgy of the day of the Feast were celebrated at the Holy Patriarchal Monastery of Odigitria of Gonia in Kolimbari. As noted by our Bishop, our Holy Metropolis has the great blessing of being especially protected by our Virgin, as the two largest monasteries of it are dedicated to Her Assumption.

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Announcement 19/8/2014

jerusalem-green-building-internThe Holy Metropolis of Kisamos & Selinon announces that the scheduled pilgrimage trip to the Holy Land (Jerusalem) from September 25th to October 1st is postponed because of the war taking place there. Our Holy Metropolis would like to thank the dozens of people who, trusting the Church of Kisamos & Selinon, had registered for participation in this pilgrimage trip and hopes that our God of peace and reconciliation will give the much desired peace in that region and that International Organizations will contribute effectively and essentially in stopping the murders and massacres of children and civilians and prove, finally, that culture means justice, peace, brotherhood and not cannibalism and prevailing of the strong and powerful.

By the Holy Metropolis


Memory of blessed Bishop Anthimus 16/8/2014

img 1403aInvited by His Eminence Metropolitan of Rethymnon and Avlopotamos Mr. Eugene, our Bishop participated in the 4-year memorial of the late Metropolitan of Rethymnon and Avlopotamos Anthimus, which took place in the Parish Church of Saints Constantine and Helen of Rethymnon, where his grave is located. His Eminence Metropolitan of Lambis Syvritos and Sfakia Mr. Eirinaios also participated in the memorial service. The local Bishop, who celebrated the Divine Liturgy, after thanking the other Bishops who participated, he referred, with words of gratitude, respect and love, to the blessed Bishop Anthimos and his substantial fourteen-year pastorate of the Church of Rethymnon, as well as to his valuable contribution and ministry of the place and its people. This was followed by a Trisagion on the tomb of the blessed hierarch. Many Priests of the Holy Metropolis of Rethymnon and Avlopotamos, Monastic Fraternities and laity all prayed together for the repose of the soul of the late Metropolitan Anthimos, chanting: Eternal be his Memory.

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Announcement 5/8/2014

img 0841aFrom the Fundraising Committee for the erection of the Holy Temple of Saint Nikephoros the Leper it is announced that at the request of believers who wish to offer their love for the erection of the first church dedicated to St. Nikephoros the Leper, a special bank account has been created under the name: “Holy Church of St. Constantine of Syrikari,” Fundraising Committee, Account Number: 390/296090-78, National Bank of Greece, in order to collect money for the img 0939a 2construction of the church dedicated to St. Nikephoros the Leper in Syrikari Kissamos, natal land of St. Nikephoros. Those wishing to make a donation are requested to use the account, with full details, in order to take a valid receipt. For further information contact: Tel. 28220-22107, mob. 6974843591 Fr Emmanuel Bargiotakis. The Fundraising Committee consists of people such as the Mayor of Kisamos, the Archieratical Supervisorof the region, relatives of the Saint, etc.

By the Fundraising Committee


Feast of Holy Martyrs Fotios and Anikitos 2014

img 1292aDuring the feast of the Saints Photios and Anikitos, on August 12, we also celebrate the great pilgrimage dedicated to these two Saints, situated in Falassarna in the Parish of Platanos, Kisamos. The Temple, which is cavernous and was built by Saint John the Stranger (Xenos), has an inscription that reads 1050. His Eminence our Metropolitan presided over the Vespers. He referred to the Person of our Holy Virgin Theotokos, the Mother of the world, as he noted, Who is the dominant figure during this Holy Period, as well as every period of our life. He also stressed the importance of the feast of the Holy Martyrs Fotios and Anikitos, 18 centuries after their martyrdom, as well as the responsibility of all contemporary Christians to follow the path created by these great Martyrs of our Church.

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Day of Remembrance and Honor for former Metropolitan of Kisamos blessed Elder Irineos 10/8/2014

Our Metropolis and the “Association for the Promotion of the work of former Metropolitan of Kisamos & Selinon Irineos,” in cooperation with the Municipality of Kandanos-Selinon, organized a day of honor and remembrance dedicated to the blessed Bishop of Kisamos and Selinon Irineos. In the morning of Sunday August 10, at the Holy Church of the Ascension of Christ in Kandanos, the Divine Liturgy and a memorial of the late Metropolitan Irineos were celebrated, presided over by His Eminence Archbishop of Crete Mr. Irineos, while our Bishop Mr. Amphilochios co-officiated.

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Social Solidarity Actions by Annousakeio Foundation 2013

Our Metropolis, in the context of Social Solidarity, offers organised soup kitchens for people who are in need (unemployed, impoverished, economic immigrants, homeless, elderly, etc), as well as packages of food, clothing, medicine and free medical examination, in an effort to help cover the growing needs of our destitute brothers.

More specifically, the offer includes:

  • 67,525 servings of food: 105 servings for inmates of the Foundation and other attendants and 80 portions for people of the surrounding area, thus providing 185 servings total (X 365imeron) on a daily basis,
  • 929 bags with different types of foods: pasta, beans, milk, chicken, etc., an average 13 kg each, total: 12.077 kg, and 300 packets with sweets. This offer is categorized in the following way:
    • 840 bags of food for 130 people registered at the Social Grocery,
    • 59 bags of food and 180 boxes of sweets for those registered at the Aid-at-Home Program of Kisamos
    • 30 bags of food and 120 boxes of sweets for those registered at the Aid-at-Home Program of Selinon
  • For 95 families, medicine and medical supplies
  • For 193 families, clothing items.
  • For 35 families, blankets and various bed covers.
  • Free examination of the community, in particular 156 people, through volunteer work by 13 doctors of different specialties.

Specifically, for the year 2013 Annousakeio Foundation wishes to thank the following physicians: Schiniotaki Irene - ENT, Bouzakis Elias - Gastroenterologist, Tsourounakis Nektarios – Pediatrician, Sillas Dimitris - Physiatrist, Bonatakis Michael - Cardiologist, Voulgaraki Olga – Pulmonary, Paterakis Pantelis - Urologist - Andrologist, Tsouris George - Radiologist, Marakomichelakis John - ENT, Psarakis Eftychios - Surgeon, Moustardas Marios - Vascular, Athanasakis Dimitrios - Dentist, Costas Frangos - Radiologist.


Information - Applications for recording incidents and
document submission provided by the Social Services
of the Foundation.

Contact Tel: 2822022276 Fr. Antonios Aretakis