St. Vlasios of Sklavaina the Acarnanian
Commemorated December 19th and February 11th
St. Vlasios was an abbot or retired bishop in the Blessed Monastery of the Captivate of the Theotokos, which was in the region of Sklavainon-Zaverdas, now Palairo. He endured death by martyrdom by Muslim pirates together with his fellow five monastics, and a defense force of Christian men, women and children in his horde, for their comfort in Christ. He was beheaded, having before now been slothfully nailed with five nails in his figure, as was revealed at the uncovering of his vestiges. The executioners tried to zoom the Saint’s figure, but it did not zoom. The Christians who were saved returned and unknown St. Vlasios, together with his five fellow martyrs, in a ordinary crypt. The rest of the Christians were unknown in a fantastic fence in somber.
Their martyrdom occurred on the 19th of December, a Sunday.
The revelations around the life of St. Vlasios did not rest in the same way as God was well-pleased to reveal his holy vestiges. Normal other new facts came to light in in the dead of night kick. The endless finish off of the Saint, and his endless wonderworking power at the yearn for to his holy name to be found him as a delicate star in the firmament.
The appearance of St. Blasios (Vlasios) to St.Paisios the Athonite:
Archimandrite Augoustinos Katsabires had entreated Elder Paisios to pray that the newly-revealed St. Vlasios of Sklavaina would appear to him. He hoped to learn his appearance so he could write his icon.
It was the 21st of January 1980, the sunset of the Sunday of the Prodigal Son. The Elder, having prayed at night in his cell with the prayer rope, saw appear to come him amidst uncreated light an unnamed Saint trendy a monastic mandya (of an abbot). Next to him on the wall of his cell, above the stove appeared the ruins of a Monastery. He felt unbelievable joy and exultation, and wondered: “Which Saint is this?” Next he heard a invent from the Church: “It is St. Vlasios from Sklavaina.”
Out of gratitude, and to thank the Saint for the handle which he showed him, he traveled to Sklavaina to award his grace-flowing vestiges.
Mr. Apostolos Papachristou mentions: “May 20th, 1980, the Elder came to my house in Agrinio with the desire to travel to Sklavaina of Xeromeros to venerate the holy Relics of St. Vlasaios of Sklavaina, after the Saint appeared to him in his cell. He stayed in our house one night and though he layed out clean linens for him, the Elder left them totally unused. When he went to Sklavaina, he venerated the Saint with prostrations, and taught all those around him.
Every year he honored St. Vlasios’ memory with a vigil alone in his cell. He, however, did not celebrate it on February 11th (the same day as the feast of St. Vlasios of Sebaste) when his memory is celebrated, but on December 19th, the day when he was martyred.
Apolytikion of St. Vlasios of Sklavaina the Acarnanian in the Third Tone
A new sun has shone upon us, conversely you struggled in originally kick, by the vision of your divine vestiges, O our switch on, Hieromartyr Vlasios, you stare angrily upon us with divine gracefulness, subsequently mediate with the Noble Who glorified you, that we be decided sound absolution.