New Hieromartyr Philoumenos of Jacob’s Well (+1979)
Saint Philoumenos was born in Morphou of Cyprus in 1913 to a pious Christian family. At 14 years of age, Philoumenos and his twin brother, Elpidios, were so touched by the life of Saint John the Hut Dweller that they received a blessing from their parents to enter into the Stavrovouni Monastery. After some time, the brothers then left Cyprus and travelled to Jerusalem where they spent the rest of their lives. In 1979, Saint Philoumenos was appointed guardian of the Monastery of Saint Photine the Samaritan at Jacob’s Well. One day, a group of fanatical Zionist Jews burst into the Monastery of Saint Photine claiming that it was a holy Jewish place and that all crosses, icons, and other religious symbols be removed. The Saint calmly pointed out to them that the floor upon which they stood was built by the Holy Emperor Saint Constantine before 331 AD and served as an Orthodox Christian holy site for over sixteen centuries before the Israeli State was formed. Furthermore, he stated that before Emperor Constantine, it was in Samaritan hands for eight centuries prior – the Jews having no dealings with Samaritans (Jn 4:9). The Jews left defeated, threatening to take revenge. About a week later, during a torrential downpour of rain, Saint Philoumenos had already put on his epitrachelion to serve vespers when the same Zionist Jews broke into the monastery. They seized the Saint, who remained calm, and threw him to the ground. They then proceeded to hack off three of his fingers on his right hand, the ones which made the Sign of the Cross, and finally they cloved his face from ear to ear and from forehead to chin, once again, in the form of the Cross. Before they left, the Zionist Jews desecrated the Monastery, defiling all the holy items. After six days, the Holy Relics of Saint Philoumenos were handed over to the Orthodox, still retaining its flexibility. After four years, his body was exhumed and was found to be substantially incorrupt and exuded a heavenly fragrance. Saint Philoumenos was officially ranked among the Saints of the Church in 2008, having performed countless miracles while both alive and reposed.
Ἦχος α΄. Τῆς ἐρήμου πολίτης.
Τῆς Ὀρούντης τὸν γόνον, νήσου Κύπρου τὸ βλάστημα, καὶ ἱερομάρτυρα νέον Ἰακὼβ θείου Φρέατος, Φιλούμενον, τιμήσωμεν, πιστοί, ὡς πρόμαχον τῆς πίστεως ἡμῶν, καὶ ἀήττητον ὁπλίτην, Χριστοῦ τῆς ἀληθείας πόθῳ κράζοντες· Δόξα τῷ σὲ δοξάσαντι Χριστῷ, δόξα τῷ σὲ ἀφθαρτίσαντι, δόξα τῷ σὲ ἡμῖν χειραγωγὸν πρὸς πόλον δείξαντι.
Ἦχος πλ. δ΄. Τῇ Ὑπερμάχῳ.
Ἱεροάθλων τὸ νεόφωτον ἀμάρυγμα, παρὰ τὸ Φρέαρ ἀνατεῖλαν Σαμαρείτιδος, καὶ φωτίσαν σωφροσύνῃ καὶ μαρτυρίῳ, Ἐκκλησίαν τοῦ Χριστοῦ ἀρτίως μέλψωμεν, ὥσπερ ἄρνα τὸν τυθέντα ὑπὲρ πίστεως πόθῳ κράζοντες· Χαίροις, μάκαρ Φιλούμενε.
Χαίροις, τῆς Ὀρούντης σεπτὲ βλαστέ, Φρέατος λευΐτα τοῦ σεμνείου τοῦ Ἰακώβ, καὶ Σιὼν κοσμῆτορ, Φιλούμενε θέοφρον, πελέκει ὁ ἀπίστων χύσας τὸ αἷμά σου.
Apolytikion in Tone One
The offspring of Orountas, and from the root of Cyprus, and new Hieromartyr of the divine Well of Jacob, O faithful let us honor Philoumenos as a defender of our faith, and as an eternal soldier of Christ’s truth, we fervently cry out: glory to Christ Who glorified you, glory to Him Who kept you incorrupt, glory to Him who revealed you as our benefactor towards heaven.
Apolytikion in the Third Tone
Vanquisher of demons, dispeller of the powers of darkness, by thy meekness thou hast inherited the earth and reignest in the Heavens; intercede, therefore, with our Merciful God, that our souls may be saved.