Above: The Eastern Roman Empire
Scanned from Hammond’s World Atlas–Classics Edition (1957)
SAINT ALEXANDER AKIMETES (300S-403 OR 430)
Roman Catholic Abbot
Information regarding the dates of the birth and death of St. Alexander Akimetes is inconsistent. According to some sources the date of the birth was circa 350, but others are less precise, offering the vague “300s.” Furthermore, the reported year of his death is either circa 403 or 430. Someone seems to have switched the places of “3” and “0;” others seem to have followed his lead.
St. Alexander Akimetes, who converted to Christianity as an adult, made his mark upon the Church. The native of one of the Aegean Islands came from Roman nobility and studied in Constantinople. Our saint also served in the army for four years. After becoming a Christian St. Alexander took the advice of Jesus to the rich young ruler literally and acted upon it; he sold all his goods. Then our saint became a hermit in Syria. About seven years later our saint went to prison for burning down a pagan temple. He converted his jailers and even baptized the governor and his family. St. Alexander, released, returned to life as a hermit. A few years later our saint ceased to be a hermit and became a missionary instead. He was, unfortunately, an unsuccessful missionary. St. Alexander did succeed, however, in founding several monasteries and serving as an abbot. One of these abbeys began with a band of robbers our saint converted to Christianity; he appointed one of the former criminals the first abbot then moved on. St. Alexander’s monks, unlike those who followed the subsequent Rule of St. Benedict (540), performed no manual labor. They did, however, perform missionary work. The monks also took turns, in alternating choirs, singing the Divine Office all day long. For this reason St. Alexander became St. Alexander Akimetes, “Akimetes” meaning “does not rest.”
St. Alexander died at the abbey at Gomon, on the Bosphorus.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
DECEMBER 7, 2016 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF PHILIP AND DANIEL BERRIGAN, ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIESTS AND SOCIAL ACTIVISTS
THE FEAST OF ANNE ROSS COUSIN, SCOTTISH PRESBYTERIAN HYMN WRITER
THE FEAST OF GERALD THOMAS NOEL, ANGLICAN PRIEST AND HYMN WRITER; BROTHER OF BAPTIST WRIOTHESLEY NOEL, ANGLICAN PRIEST, ENGLISH BAPTIST EVANGELIST, AND HYMN WRITER; AND HIS NIECE, CAROLINE MARIA NOEL, ANGLICAN HYMN WRITER
THE FEAST OF SAINT MARIA JOSEPHA ROSSELLO, COFOUNDER OF THE DAUGHTER OF OUR LADY OF PITY
O Almighty God, who wills to be glorified in your saints,
and raised up your servant St. Alexander Akimetes to shine as a light in the world:
Shine, we pray, in our hearts, that we also in our generation may show forth your praises,
who has called us out of darkness into your marvelous light; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Nehemiah 4:1-6 or Ecclesiasticus 44:1-15
1 Corinthians 1:26-31
Mark 12:41-44 or Matthew 5:13-16
–Adapted from The Church of South India, The Book of Common Worship (1963), page 68