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2018 – THE YEAR DEDICATED TO CELEBRATE SAINTS EPICTETUS AND ASTION

2018 will be a year dedicated to the celebration of the christian heritage of the Romanian people and will also mark the latinity, continuity and the two millennia of Christian life on Dobrogea (Dobruja) by placing at the fore of national and international attention the sacred heritage of Holy Martyrs Epictetus and Astion, has decided the academic council of The Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation of Romania (IRICE).

Saints Martyrs Epictetus and Astion are proof even today, two millenniums  after their sacrifice on the long-term presence of Christian faith on the lands of Dobrogea  and are a birth certificate of Romanian Christianity and an irrefutable evidence of the exceptional duration of Christianity on our lands.

 

They are also a perfect example of sacrifice and life offered in the service of Our Savior Jesus Christ, has highlighted their significance Professor Dr. Anton Caragea – IRICE President.

We are marking this year 100 years since the unification of Romania (1918) and we must also mark down for posterity our creative potential and not overlook that we are the beneficiaries of two millennia of Christian legacy and over 2.100 years of statehood, this are fundamental dates of the historical evolution of Romanian people.

Murighiol Cathedral dedicated to Saints Martyrs Epictetus and Astion.

 

In this perspective, the  Saints Martyrs Epictetus and Astion role is a fundamental one as we are speaking of the oldest historically proven martyrs of the Church on the territory of Romania, they are not only teaching us on the uninterrupted continuity of civilization on the banks of Danube, but also are offering us a lesson on the love for Christ of our people, even more resounding as we are having here saints registered in the Catholic and Orthodox pantheon  so truly universal saints testifying for the Holy Church in his wholeness, saints that are making Romania proud of his legacy, concluded the historical presentation of the moment Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

The Halmyris-Murighiol fortification today. A central point of the map of cultural and historical treasures of Dobrogea (Dobruja).

 

The focal point of the celebrations for 2018 THE YEAR OF SAINTS MARTYRS EPICTETUS AND ASTION will take place on July 8, 2018 on Murighiol (former roman city of Halmyris) in the cathedral of Saints Epictetus and Astion with a special mass taking place in the honor of the holy martyrs of Christian faith and of Romanian dedication: saints EPICTETUS and ASTION.

 

 

The excavated ruins of the Roman Cathedral built on VIII century on the spot where Saints Epictetus and Astion  suffered martyrdom for their faith in Jesus Christ in  290 after Chr.

 

 

ON SAINTS MARTYRS EPICTETUS AND ASTION.

It is the celebration of the oldest holy martyrs known as the territory of Dobrogea, Epictetus and Astion, the Orthodox Church commemorates on 8 July. Description of life and their passion was kept in the Acts of the Martyrs with large details.
They are known as saints Halmyris, the ancient Christian city located on the banks of the Danube that was called in ancient times “Almyra”. They suffered a martyr’s death during fierce persecution against the Christian church triggered by Emperor Diocletian (244-311) on 8 July 290. Surely they are the martyrs old Dobrogea certified undoubtedly springs hagyographic.

 

Life and their passion have given in the Acts of the Martyrs, but unfortunately, their holy martyr act we were kept only in a later century copy. XV, located in the Church of the Saviour in Utrecht and was published in 1615 by Jesuit scholar Herbert Rosweyde († 1629).

In 1921, Benedictine Dom Germain Morin discovered in remembrance of martyrology Ieronimian St. Epictetus and Astion on May 23 in “The S.S. Epicteto presbytero et Astion monachu martyribus Almiridensibus in Scythia “, confirming the veracity of statements he Acta Sanctorum, edited by N. Rosweyde, mentioned above.

 

Acta Sanctorum took passages from a study of its impact on the two saints and martyrs renowned researcher and historian Netzhammer Raymund (1862-1945), Catholic archbishop arrived in Bucharest and left posterity work Epiktet und Astion, diokletianische Martyrer I Danaudelta, Zug. 1937.

HISTORICAL LANDMARKS.

 

Saints Epictetus and Astion from Halmyris

Saint Epictetus, priest, and Saint Astion, (improperly said) monk, originals from Asia Minor, were martyrs for Christ in the 3rd century in Scytia Minor (the today Romanian region Dobruja-Dobrogea, situated between Danube and the Black Sea).

They were originally from Little Asia.

Information about their lives is known only from a copy of a 15th century manuscript kept in the archive of the Savior Church in Utrecht, published in 1615 by the Jesuit monk Herbert Rosweyde, the initiator of the hagiographic collections Acta Sanctorum, under the title “SS. Epicteto presbytero et Astion monacho, martirybus Almiridiensibus in Scythia “.

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2018 – ANUL DEDICAT COMEMORARII SFINTILOR EPICTET SI ASTION

Anul 2018 este dedicat celebrarii mostenirii crestine a poporului roman si va marca totodata latinitatea, continuitatea si mileniile de viata crestina la gurile Dunarii prin aducerea in prim planul atentiei nationale si internationale a mostenirii sacre a sfintilor martiri Epictet si Astion, a anuntat consiliul academic al Institutului de Relatii Internationale si Cooperare Economica al Romaniei (IRICE).

 

Sfintii Martiri Epictet si Astion ne vorbesc si astazi, la doua milenii de la sacrificiul lor, despre vechimea credintei crestine pe taramul Dobrogei, ne ofera un reper fara tagada si un certificat de nastere al crestinismului romanesc fiind cei mai vechi sfinti martiri ai Romaniei si totodata ne ofera un exemplu de viata in serviciul Mantuitorului Nostru Isus Hristos si al oamenilor a apreciat, prof.dr. Anton Caragea -Presedintele IRICE.

 

In cadrul manifestarilor celor 100 de ani de la unire (1918) trebuie totodata sa marcam potentialul creator al poporului roman si sa nu uitam ca beneficiem de doua milenii de crestinism si de peste 2.100 de ani de continuitate statala, sunt acestea date fundamentale ale devenirii istorice a poporului roman.

Catedrala din Murighiol a Sfintilor Martiri Epictet si Astion.

 

In acest tablou rolul Sfintilor Martiri Epictet si Astion este unul fundamental, caci vorbim despre cei mai vechi sfinti martiri ai Bisericii de pe teritoriul Romaniei, ei ne vorbesc nu doar despre credinta si crestinism la gurile Dunarii, dar si despre continuitatea neintrerupta de locuire si civilizatie pe teritoriul tarii noastre, despre dragostea fata de Hristos a poporului nostru cu atat mai mult cu cat vorbim despre sfinti recunoscuti si in canonul catolic si in cel ortodox, deci sfinti universali ai intregii Biserici, de care Romania trebuie sa fie mandra a incheiat prezentarea istorica a evenimentului prof. dr. Anton Caragea.

Cetatea Halmyris-Murighiol astazi. Punct central pe harta culturala si istorica a Dobrogei.

 

Punctul central al manifestarilor ANULUI 2018 A AL SFINTILOR MARTIRI EPICTET SI ASTION va avea loc in data de 8 iulie 2018, cand la Murighiol (fostul oras roman Halmyris) in catedrala Sfintilor Mucenici Epictet si Astion o slujba speciala va avea loc onorand sfintii mucenici ai neamului romanesc: EPICTET SI ASTION.

 

Ruinele catedralei dedicate Sf. Epictet si Astion in secolul VIII (marcand locul martirizarii lor in 290 d.Hr)

 

 

DESPRE SFINTII MARTIRI EPICTET SI ASTION.

Sfinţii Mucenici Epictet şi Astion, prăznuiţi pe 8 iulie, au pătimit în anul 290 d.H. în timpul persecuţiei împăratului Diocleţian, în cetatea romano-bizantină Halmyris. Sfintele Moaşte au fost descoperite la Murighiol, Jud. Tulcea, pe data de 15 august 2001 de o echipă româno-americană de arheologi, condusă de arheologul dr. Mihail Zahariade şi au fost atestate antropologic de către cercetătorul Nicolae Miriţoiu. I.P.S. Teodosie, Arhiepiscopul Tomisului, a condus o comisie bisericească ce a hotărât, patru luni mai târziu, aşezarea Sfintelor Moaşte în Catedrala Arhiepiscopiei Tomisului.

REPERE ISTORICE.

 

Dobrogea este detinatoarea celor mai vechi Sfinte Moaste descoperite pe teritoriul Romaniei. Ele apartin preotului Epictet si monahului Astion care au primit cununa de “martiri ai lui Hristos” in ziua de 8 iulie anul 290. Aceste odoare de mare pret au fost scoase la iveala in vara anului 2001, in ziua praznuirii Adormirii Maicii Domnului, de o echipa de arheologi, romano-americana condusa de dr. Mihail Zahariade.

 

Cripta se afla sub altarul bazilicii Episcopale a Halmyrisului, localitate antica situata intre Murighiol si Dunavat, jud. Tulcea.

Desi inscriptiile si locul unde au fost descoperite atesta cu certitudine identificarea lor, cercetatorul antropolog Nicolae Miritoiu a facut o serie de analize, care au confirmat fara putinta de tagada ca sfintele moaste apartin preotului Epictet si monahului Astion.

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