|My very plain Phanouropita, we had a slice at home, and shared it at church the next day|
Some links and resources for St. Phanourios:
- Litya Service to bless Bread or Kolyva offered in honor of a Saint
- Beautiful prayer to Christ with the intercessions of St. Phanourios by Nun Isidora (also reprinted below).
- Recipes found here, here, here, and here, and another recipe with information here.
- Another recipe here, with a lovely story by the author about her experience with St. Phanourios. I used the recipe below (half a recipe) from my dear friend
3/4 cup oil
1.5 cups sugar
3 cups flour
2.5 tsp baking powder
1.5 tsp cinnamon
1.5 tsp vanilla
1.5 cups orange juice
bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean
A Prayer to Christ with the Holy Great-martyr Phanourios by Nun Isidora
Master Lord Jesus Christ our God, the maker of light and source and fount of wisdom and knowledge, the cause of all that is good, the fullness of goodness and the incomprehensible sea of compassion, Who does excellent things and works wonders in His Saints, by whom Your magnificent and All-holy Name is glorified, Who reveals to us the ways of salvation by the knowledge of Your holy commandments, O Good One, and shines upon our souls with Your gladsome and un-waning light, You Whose grace is wondrous through all Your Saints, Your chosen and faithful stewards, to all those who call upon them with their whole heart, who through Your all-working power working awesome and paradoxical wonders, of which there is no number, Who through your Holy Great-martyr Phanourios the newly-revealed, revealed that which was hidden from us and reveals them speedily, Who teaches us to ask faithfully in humility, that richly You may give according to Your compassionate and all-merciful nature, Who wishes that all be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth, Who said that “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life”. Do therefore now, all-good King and Lord of all, by this Your Holy Great-martyr Phanourios the wonderworker whom we entreat, bestow upon us who faithfully honor him, an intercessor towards You armed with Your strength, and grant to us the illumination of Your grace, make us worthy to walk in the paths of Your commandments, to come to the knowledge of Your good and complete will, reveal to us the paths of salvation, show to us the way of repentance, that pleasing You through these, Who works what is beneficial to our souls, reveal to us the treasures of Your knowledge, that to those seeking these, we who entreat You in faith, make our heart the dwelling of Your bright Holy Spirit and a receptacle of Your grace, so that with all Your Saints from the ages we may glorify You O Light-giving Lord, who in these is glorified and to You do we offer up honor and worship, together with Your beginningless Father and Your All-holy and Good and life-giving Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.
Vasilopita to the left, and Phanouropita on the right - it was an eventful new year's weekend