Friday, February 26, 2021

Chapel of Saint Theokletos the Sorcerer in Messolonghi

Messolonghi is the capital of Aitolia-Acarnania in western Greece, and is the location of the Metropolis of Aitolia and Acarnania. In the courtyard of the Metropolis is the Chapel of Saint Theokletos the Sorcerer, the only known shrine to this Saint in the world. It was built by the late Metropolitan Theokletos of Aitolia and Acarnania (1922-2007) to honor his patron saint, and it celebrates every year on February 26th.

Saint Theokletos was a pagan sorcerer who tried to poison Saint Photini, but after she was miraculously kept from being harmed by his potion he confessed the God of the Christians to be the true God. For this reason Saint Theokletos was beheaded and received the crown of martyrdom.
Chapel of Saint Theokletos
Metropolis of Aitolia and Acarnania
Metropolitan Theokletos, founder of the Chapel of Saint Theokletos
Grave of Metropolitan Theokletos