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The Monk Dometios


Com­mem­o­rat­ed on August 7

The Monk Dome­tios lived dur­ing the IV Cen­tu­ry, and he was by birth a Per­sian. In his youth­ful years he was con­vert­ed to the faith by a Chris­t­ian named Uaros. For­sak­ing Per­sia, he with­drew to the fron­tier-city of Niz­i­ba (in Mesopotamia), where he accept­ed Bap­tism in one of the monas­ter­ies and was ton­sured into monas­ti­cism. But then flee­ing the ill-will of the monastery inhab­i­tants, the Monk Dome­tios moved on to the monastery of Saints Ser­gios and Bac­chus in the city of Theo­dosiopo­lis. The monastery was under the guid­ance of an archi­man­drite named Nurbe­los – a strict ascetic, about whom it was report­ed, that over the course of 60 years he did not taste of cooked food, nor did he lay down for sleep, but rather took his rest stand­ing up, sup­port­ing him­self upon his staff. In this monastery the Monk Dome­tios was ordained to the dig­ni­ty of dea­con, but when the archi­man­drite decid­ed to have him made a pres­byter, the saint in reck­on­ing him­self unwor­thy hid him­self away on a des­o­late moun­tain in Syr­ia, in the region of Cyr. Reports about him con­stant­ly spread about among the sur­round­ing inhab­i­tants. They began to come to him for heal­ing and for help. Many a pagan was brought to the faith in Christ by Dome­tios. And one time, in the local­i­ty where Saint Dome­tios asceti­cised with his dis­ci­ples, the emper­or Julian the Apos­tate (361−363) arrived, jour­ney­ing along on his cam­paign against the Per­sians. By order of the emper­or, sol­diers searched out Saint Dome­tios pray­ing with his dis­ci­ples in a cave, and stoned them to death (+ 363).

© 1996–2001 by trans­la­tor Fr. S. Janos.