Agios Nikonas 29 November 2015

DATE: SUNDAY 29 NOVEMBER 2015
CHURCH SERVICE: AGIOS VASILIOS
WHERE: 15 BLYTHE STREET BRUNSWICK VIC 3056

TIME:  BETWEEN 9.30 AM – 10.30. AM – FOLLOWED BY
LIGHT REFRESHMENTS: AT PALLACONIAN BROTHERHOOD LEONIDAS

Agios Vasilios

AGIOS NIKON IS THE PATRON SAINT OF THE CITY OF SPARTA.

Agios Nikonas is celebrated annually in Sparta Laconia Greece. To view festival in Sparta Laconia Greece click on: AGIOS NIKONAS CELEBRATION IN SPARTA LACONIA GREECE

The phenomenon of Nikon In the course of the tenth century a peripatetic holy man whose name in religion was Nikon travelled and preached extensively on the island of Crete and in the Peloponnese.1 In both regions he was responsible for setting up an unknown, but large, number of churches and monasteries, testament to his extraordinary evangelical zeal and influence.

He spent twelve years in monastic training at Chryse Petra, on the border of Paphlagonia and Pontos (Lampsides 1982, 20, l. 21ff. (B.), 164, l. 36ff. (K.); Sullivan 1987, ch. 4, l. 8ff.; Bryer and Winfield 1985, 95), before adopting a peripatetic lifestyle.

After three years travelling in Asia Minor he went to Crete, c. AD 961-3, where he continued his mission to call on people to repent, from which he had already earned his eponym, Metanoietes, Nikon the Converter. He was so successful ‘he built churches over all the island’ (Lampsides 1982, 48, l. 12-13 (B.), 179, l. 26-7 (K.); Sullivan 1987, ch. 21, l. 4).

Eventually, c. AD 970, he sailed to Epidauros and spent the rest of his life on the Greek mainland and in the Peloponnese. He travelled firstly in Corinthia, Attika and Boiotia preaching in all the main citiesand gaining a reputation as a faith healer, especially in Chalkis and Nauplion. From Nauplion he went to the southern Peloponnese and founded churches and monasteries in Lakonia, dying in Sparta c. AD 1000.

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