Feast of Sts. Euthymius the Great and Theoctistus (January 20)   Leave a comment

Above:  Map of Judea/Palestine within the Roman Empire in 400 C.E.

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SAINT EUTHYMIUS THE GREAT (377-January 20, 473)

Roman Catholic Priest, Monk, and Abbot

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SAINT THEOCTISTUS (DIED 451)

Roman Catholic Abbot

Born in Melitene, Cilicia (Lesser Armenia), in what we call Turkey in 2011, St. Euthymius the Great studied under Oterius, Bishop of Melitene, who ordained him to the priesthood.  The bishop also appointed St. Euthymius the Great (He is not the only saint named Euthymius.) to oversee the monasteries in the diocese.  Aged 36 years, St. Euthymius the Great left on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and remained in the area with other monks.  He founded monasteries across Judea/Palestine, leaving one under the leadership of a companion and fellow abbot, St. Theoctistus.  Preferring to live alone, St. Euthymius the Great spent much of his life dwelling in a series of caves, where he devoted himself to communing with God.

Although not everybody has a vocation to live simply in a cave and commune with God there, the lives of those who did have this calling and who followed it can teach us valuable lessons.  We do not need to be connected technologically to others constantly.  We do not need to watch television often or listen to music all the time or surf websites all the time.  We do not need to collect dust catchers.  But we do need to be quiet in the presence of God and acknowledge and accept our dependence on God.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 29, 2011 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF GEORGE DAWSON, ENGLISH BAPTIST AND UNITARIAN PASTOR

THE FEAST OF DOROTHY DAY, SOCIAL ACTIVIST

THE FEAST OF THE INAUGURATION OF THE CHURCH OF NORTH INDIA, 1970

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Do you want to read more?  Here are some useful links:

http://www.johnsanidopoulos.com/2010/01/teachings-of-st-euthymius-great.html

http://www.biblewalks.com/sites/EuthemiusMonastery.html

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O God,

whose blessed Son became poor that we through his poverty might be rich:

Deliver us from an inordinate love of this world,

that we, inspired by the devotion of your servants Saints Euthymius the Great and Theoctistus,

may serve you with singleness of heart,

and attain to the riches of the age to come;

through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Song of Songs 8:6-7

Psalm 34 or 34:1-8

Philippians 3:7-15

Luke 12:33-37 or Luke 9:57-62

–Adapted from The Book of Common Prayer (1979), pages 249 and 927

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Revised on November 20, 2016

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