Saint Simeon the Niger, from the 70 Apostles of Jesus Christ (+1st ce.) – The sacred Icon of Saint Simeon the Niger has been dedicated to the Holy Metropolis of Nigeria

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Saint Simeon the Niger,

from the 70 Apostles of Jesus Christ (+1st ce.)

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The sacred Icon of Saint Simeon the Niger

has been dedicated to the Holy Metropolis of Nigeria

Saint Simeon the Niger is mentioned in chapter 13 verse 1 of The Acts of the Apostles, as one of the prophets of Antioch, by whom the Apostles Paul and Barnabas had been ordained for their first missionary itinerary. The descriptive “Niger” of his name is indicative that he originated from Africa and, perhaps, from the land of Niger. Also mentioned among the prophets of the Church of Antioch is Lucius the Cyrenaean, who it appears, was also of African origin, from the area of Cyrene in Libya [like st Simon the Cyrenaean].

Saint Simeon the Niger has been allocated by Saint Epiphanius of Salamis (PG 41, 1232) to the Holy Seventy Apostles. This signifies that it is proper that he also be commemorated on the feast day of their Synaxis, on the 4th of January.

Thus, in 2018 the Pan-Cretan Union of Theologians dedicated an Icon of Saint Simeon the Niger to the Holy Metropolis of Nigeria. The icon was the work of art of a young hagiographer, Peter Constantakis, a 3rd year High School student at the time, currently studying at the University of Crete. The inscription on the Icon was alsoo rendered in the Igbo language, with the help of the Orthodox Nigerian Priest, Fr. Cornelius, a student in Athens.

The Saint has been portrayed with the attire of a Bishop, because along with the other holy prophets of Antioch, he had ordained the Apostles Paul and Barnabas, which means that he had to have the rank of Bishop to perform ordinations. Besides, it is a known fact that – according to the ecclesiastic historians, as drawn from the ancient sources (for example, the “Didache” of the Apostles), the proto-Christian order of “Prophets” is the precursor to the order of Bishops. Just as the early Saints Titus and Timothy are depicted in icons wearing the “omophorion” – the liturgical stole worn around the shoulders to denote a bishop – even though it was not worn during their time, likewise Saint Simeon has been depicted wearing a bishop’s omophorion. His temporal placing in the proto-Christian era is denoted by the Christian ΙΧΘΥΣ (fish) symbol appearing on his omophorion.

In the letter to the Orthodox Church of Nigeria the Union of Theologians made the following dedication:

“With love, and the sentiment of humility in the presence of the Orthodox Mission, especially in areas that are in serious trouble and dangerous – such as the ones that the Holy Metropolis of Nigeria ministers to – we would like to present this Icon as a very small contribution to your in-Christ labours. We pray to our Most Benevolent God that the honouring of Saint Simeon the Niger will move our Orthodox Christian brethren of Nigeria, of Niger, of Togo and of Benin, who will hopefully find in him a familiar Christian role model, and one more patron Saint, along with the others, of their homelands.”

Translated by A.N.

Source:

http://o-nekros.blogspot.com/2019/09/sacred-icon-of-saint-simeon-niger-has.html

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Uganda, 1920: Afrikanerne søkte historien og fant ut at det er én Kirke som kommer ned til oss direkte fra Kristus – Fader Serafim Rose, USA (+1982) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Norwegian

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Uganda, 1920:

Afrikanerne søkte historien og fant ut at det er én Kirke

som kommer ned til oss direkte fra Kristus

╰⊰¸¸.•¨*

Fader Serafim Rose, USA (+1982)

Vår Herre Jesus Kristus sendte ned Helligånden på pinsedagen, 50 dager etter Hans oppstandelse, 10 dager etter Han selv fór opp til himmelen, for å bli hos Kirken helt til tidens ende. Historisk sett, var det én Kirke Han grunnla.

Det har hendt i disse tider at folk har henvendt seg til historie for å finne denne Kirken. Ta, for eksempel, historien om Kirken i Uganda. På 1920 tallet, studerte to unge seminarister fra Uganda ved en anglikansk presteskole og begynte å se at den lære de ble gitt der ikke var den samme lære de fant i kirkefedrene. De begynte derfor å tenke at romersk-katolisismen måtte være svaret – at dette måtte være den oldtidlige Kirke. I ”jakten på den sanne, oldtidskirken” (som de kalte den), dro de for å studere ved en romersk-katolsk presteskole og igjen så at den lære de mottok der var noe annet en de gamle kirkefedrenes. De begynte å si, ”Hvis sannheten kan endres slik, hvor er da Kristi sannhet?” Og da hørte de om den ortodokse tro og gikk gjennom all slags strev for å finne ut hvor den var. Først fant de noen som kalte seg selv ortodoks men som var en sjarlatan, og delte ut det han kalte sakramenter. Når en gresk lekmann fortalte dem at det var noe ”rart” ved ham, så de dette, omvendte seg, og startet søket på nytt. Den første ortodokse biskopen de traff var ikke en spesielt god biskop, og sa, ”Å, det er ikke noe å bry seg om. Alle religioner er like, dra tilbake til anglikanerne.” Men de lot ikke dette fraråde dem. Til slutt fant de en ortodoks biskop som lærte det han skulle, og de ble ortodokse. I dag sprer Kirken seg gjennom Afrika: gjennom Uganda, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, osv. Vi har til og med opptak av gudstjenestene deres, som er veldig imponerende. De har tatt bysantinsk, gresk, sang og, uten å prøve å endre den (de synger bare på deres egen måte, på deres eget språk), høres den veldig ærverdig ut, med en lokal afrikansk variant. De gjorde med bysantinsk sang det samme grekerne gjorde når de fikk den hebraiske.

Så disse afrikanerne søkte historien og fant ut at det er én Kirke som kommer ned til oss direkte fra Kristus og lærer det som ble holdt i oldtiden: den ortodokse Kirke.

Oversatt fra Fr. Seraphim Rose, God’s Revelation to the Human Heart, Platina, CA: St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood, 1997, s.39-42

Kilde:

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http://www.norsk-ortodoks.com/2013/06/sprsmal-og-svar.html

DEN ORTODOKSE KATOLSKE KIRKE

Η μεταστροφή του Αιγυπτίου Ιερέα & Προϊσταμένου των Κοπτών-Μονοφυσιτών της Αθήνας π. Αθανασίου Χενείν στην Ορθοδοξία το 2011

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Η μεταστροφή του Αιγυπτίου Ιερέα & Προϊσταμένου

των Κοπτών-Μονοφυσιτών της Αθήνας π. Αθανασίου Χενείν

στην Ορθοδοξία το 2011

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FATHER ATHANASIOS HENEIN

Σε ένα τόσο θαυμαστό γεγονός είναι καλύτερα αντί προλόγου δικού μας να μιλήσει ο ίδιος ο π. Αθανάσιος με τα δικά του λόγια, γι΄αυτή την ευλογημένη μεταστροφή στην όντως Ζωή, την Αλήθεια, που υπάρχει μόνο στην Μία Καθολική και Αποστολική Εκκλησία μας, την Ορθόδοξη Εκκλησία.

Δοξάζουμε τον Θεό για τα θαυμαστά έργα του και ευχόμαστε στον π. Αθανάσιο, δια πρεσβειών της Υπεραγίας Θεοτόκου και πάντων των Αγίων, ο Κύριος ημών Ιησούς Χριστός να ευλογεί και να ελεεί και να στηρίζει τον ίδιο και την οικογένειά του.

Επίσης τον ευχαριστούμε για την εμπιστοσύνη του και τα κείμενα που μας απέστειλε, τα οποία και θα δημοσιεύσουμε σιγά-σιγά και στα Ελληνικά, και στα Αραβικά, προς ωφέλεια ψυχών και δόξαν Κυρίου.

Πατήρ Αθανάσιος Χενείν. Η μεταστροφή μου στην Ορθοδοξία:

«Πολλοί μιλάνε για την αίρεση, αρκετοί γράφουν για την αίρεση, αλλά λίγοι είναι εκείνοι που έχουν γευτεί την πίκρα της αίρεσης, και ακόμα ελάχιστοι είναι αυτοί που την έζησαν και έχυσαν αίμα για να απελευθερωθούν από την αιχμαλωσία της.

Η αίρεση είναι τρόπος ζωής, είναι μεγάλη φυλακή, είναι ασθένεια ψυχική αλλά και σωματική. Εγώ ο Αθανάσιος Χενείν τα έζησα όλα αυτά τα τραγικά γεγονότα ως προϊστάμενος της κοπτικής παροικίας των Αθηνών για δέκα πέντε χρόνια.

Οι κόπτες διχάζουν το πρόσωπο του Χριστού μας και καταργούν την διανθρώπινη πραγματική και ρεαλιστική παρουσία του στον κόσμο και στην εκκλησία.

Αλλά το θαύμα της θεραπείας μου και της μεταστροφής μου στη μητέρα μας την Ορθόδοξη εκκλησία, έγινε με την χάρη του Τριαδικού Θεού αλλά και την έμπρακτη αγάπη του Σεβασμιωτάτου Μητροπολίτου Πειραιώς κ.κ. Σεραφείμ, του γέροντα Μεθόδιου Κρητικού και των πατέρων της Ιεράς Μονής Αναστάντος Χριστού.

Αυτά τα λόγια που θα διαβάσεις αγαπητέ αναγνώστη είναι ομολογία πίστης, αλλά και δείγμα ευγνωμοσύνης αλλά ταυτόχρονα είναι μια έκκληση να συνεργασθούμε όλοι μαζί να βοηθήσουμε τους απλούς κόπτες (15 χιλιάδες ζουν στην Αθήνα) να γνωρίσουν το κάλος της Ορθοδοξίας».

Πατήρ Δρ. Αθανάσιος Χενείν

Πηγές:

http://anavaseis.blogspot.gr/2012/03/blog-post_4960.html

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