Commemorated on February 19th
Holy Righteous Martyr Philothei of Athens.
St Philothei was born in Athens in 1522 AD to an illustrious family. Against her will, she was married to a man who proved to be most cruel. When he died three years later, the Saint took up the monastic life and established a convent, in which she became a true mother to her disciples. Many women enslaved and abused by the Moslem Turks also ran to her for refuge. Because of this, the Turkish rulers became enraged and came to her convent, dragged her by force out of the church, and beat her cruelly. After a few days, she reposed, giving thanks to God for all things. This came to pass in the year 1589 AD. She was renowned for her almsgiving, and with Saints Hierotheos and Dionysios the Areopagite is considered a Patron of the city of Athens.
Dismissal Hymn of the Righteous One
Let us worship the Word
The famed city of Athens honours Philothei, the righteous Martyr, whose relics it now revered with joy; for while living in sobriety and holiness, she has exchanged all earthly things for the everlasting life through great contests as a Martyr; and she entreats the Saviour to grant His mercy to all of us.
Kontakion of the Righteous One
Third Tone. On this day the Virgin
We all honour Philothei 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 worth to entreat God that all be granted eternal life with the Saints.