October 16, 2023

Saint Gall Celebrated by the Orthodox Church of Switzerland

St. Gallen is a city in eastern Switzerland and the capital of the canton of St. Gallen. It evolved from the hermitage of Saint Gall, founded in the 7th century.

In St. Gallen today is the Greek Orthodox Parish of Saint Constantine and Helen, where on October 16th 2021 the local Saint Gall was officially first celebrated by the Orthodox of Switzerland according to the decision of Metropolitan Maximos of Switzerland. He also set the feast of the local Saint Gall to be celebrated annually on October 16th.

The icon of Saint Gall was first received by the parish with much joy on Friday, October 8, 2021. It was donated to the parish from the Monastery of Saint Paraskevi in Didymoteicho, and was brought by its abbot Archimandrite Kyrillos Koltsidis along with the painter of the icon Archimandrite Gabriel Heimonas.


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