Greek Holy Synod declares Saint Therapon as Patron Saint of physical therapists

The Permanent Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church approved Friday the request of the Panhellenic Physiotherapists’ Association to take the Hieromartyr Saint Therapon of Cyprus as its patron Saint.

At the same working session yesterday, the request of the Hellenic Society of Rheumatology to take St. Gregory the Theologian as its patron saint was also approved.

Although little information about St. Therapon has been preserved, he is known especially in Greek churches as a great healer and miracle worker.

The Saint’s name is linked to the Greek verb therapevo, meaning to heal.

He was martyred in 632, and is commemorated on May 14.


The Standing Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church met between June 6 and June 8 under the chairmanship of His Beatitude Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece to address various topics on the agenda.


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