Feast day of Euphemia the Great Martyr celebrated at Ecumenical Patriarchate; by Archbishop of Australia
The Church today venerates the memory of Euphemia the Great Martyr.
St. Euphemia was from Chalcedon and lived in virginity. She suffered martyrdom during the reign of the Emperor Diocletian in the first decade of the 4th century. Her sacred relics are preserved at the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.
An archieratical Divine Liturgy was held at the Patriarchal Cathedral of St. George on Wednesday morning, on the occasion of the saint’s feast day — officiated by the Archbishop of Anthidonos, the Commissioner of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the Bosporus metropolis.
Halfway around the world, the Archbishop of Australia, His Eminence Makarios, officiated at a Great Vespers Service at the St. Euphemia Church, in the Sydney suburb of Bankstown.
His Eminence later addressed worshippers, referring to Church-going as a true joy, one that allows man to come to know the Lord and Savior Christ, and to participate in the Church’s spiritual life.