The Bishopric of Constantia - Famagusta and the Cultural Academy "St Epiphanios" is organising a second International Congress on Cyprus Hagiology at the Bishopric in Paralimni, from Thursday to Saturday.
This congress aims to contribute to the study of the life and work of Cypriot Saints. It is widely recognised that though Cypriot Hagiology is a very important chapter in the history of the island and of the Orthodox Church in general, it has not been studied systematically and adequately so far. The organisation of congresses on hagiology by the bishopric expects to fill this scientific gap.
The congress in question is titled "B' International Congress on Cyprus Hagiology. From saint Epiphanios to Saint Neophytos the Recluse (4th-12th century)" and will be attended by distinguished professors and researchers from Cyprus, Greece and other European countries (France, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Italy and Georgia) with themes which cut across different disciplines, such as theology, literature, history, art and archaeology, palaeography, law, sociology and folklore.
The conference will be opened by Archbishop Chrysostomos on Thursday at 10am at the Synod of the Constantia Bishopric in Paralimni and will greeted by a representative of President Anastasiades, the Minister of Communications, Tassos Mitsopoulos, the Rector of the University of Cyprus, Constantinos Christofides and National Research Director of the Hellenic Research Foundation Kriton Chryssochoidis.
In the framework of the congress, a Divine Liturgy will be held at the Church of Ayios Yiorgos Exorinou in the walled occupied city of Famagusta on Sunday from 7:30am to 10:30am. Congress participants will then tour monuments of the mediaeval city of Famagusta and visit the Monastery of St Barnabas and the early Christian basilica of St Epiphanios in occupied Salamina.
Alongside the congress, there will be an exhibition of icons in the Byzantine church of Ayia Anna on the square of the Bishopric in Paralimni. Visiting hours will be 9am to 1pm and 3pm to 6pm. More information can be found on www.agiosepifaniosacademy.org