Saint Philothea of Athens

Feast Day: February 19th


The Life of Saint Philothea: When the Monastery was completed, the Saint was the first to accept Monastic Tonsure, with the name Philothei…

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Prayers

Paraklesis

Apolytikion: The famed city of Athens doth honour Philothea, the Righteous Martyr, whose Relics it now revereth with joy; for while living in sobriety and Holiness, she hath exchanged all Earthly things for the Everlasting Life through great contests as a Martyr; and she entreateth the Saviour to grant His Mercy unto all of us.

Kontakion: We all honour Philothea with jubilation of spirit, as this day we reverently worship her Venerable Relics. For she lived her whole life working kindness and mercy; and the righteous one, receiving a Martyr’s ending, is deemed worthy to entreat God that all be granted Eternal Life with the Saints.


Saint Philothea saw the Holy Apostle Saint Andrew in a vision, and he told her to build a Monastery. So she established a woman’s Monastery dedicated to Saint Andrew.

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Saint Philothea welcomed many women to stay at the Monastery, providing for them a means of care and shelter, and also encouraging their Spiritual life and love of Christ. Many of these women dedicated their lives to Christ and were Tonsured as Nuns.

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Saint Philothea together with her Sisterhood cared for the misfortunate through education, sowing garments to clothe people, and providing food to those who had none.

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Saint Philothea was brought to the judges when it became known that she was protecting a large number of women who would otherwise be tortured to renounce their Christianity. She was released and able to continue her Asceticism and founded a new Monastery. Not long after, she was found again, tortured and received a Martyrs Crown.

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