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The Monk Xenophontes, his spouse Maria and their sons Arkadios and John

Com­mem­o­rat­ed on Jan­u­ary 26

xenophontes-maria-sonsThe Monk, his spouse Maria and their sons Arka­dios and John, were not­ed cit­i­zens of Con­stan­tino­ple and lived in the V Cen­tu­ry. Despite rich­es and posi­tion, they dis­tin­guished them­selves by their sim­plic­i­ty of soul and good­ness of heart. Wish­ing to give their sons John and Arka­dios a more com­plete edu­ca­tion, they sent them off to the Phoeni­cian city of Beirut. Through Divine Prov­i­dence the ship on which both broth­ers sailed became ship-wrecked. The broth­ers were pitched by the waves onto shore at dif­fer­ent places. Aggriev­ed at being sep­a­rat­ed, the broth­ers ded­i­cat­ed them­selves to God and accept­ed monas­ti­cism. For a long time the par­ents received no news about their chil­dren and pre­sumed them to have per­ished. Xenophontes, how­ev­er, now already quite old, main­tained firm hope in the Lord and con­soled his wife Maria, telling her not to sor­row but to believe that their chil­dren were watched over by the Lord. After sev­er­al years the spous­es made pil­grim­age to the Holy places and at Jerusalem they met their sons, pur­su­ing ascetic­sm at dif­fer­ent monas­ter­ies. The joy­ful par­ents gave thanks to the Lord for prov­i­dent­ly re-unit­ing the whole fam­i­ly. For the remain­der of their lives, the monas­tics Xenophontes and Maria ded­i­cat­ed them­selves to God and accept­ed monas­ti­cism. The Monks Arka­dios and John, hav­ing tak­en leave of their par­ents, went out into the wilder­ness, where after long ascetic toil they were glo­ri­fied by gifts of won­der­work­ing and per­spi­cac­i­ty. The monas­tic elders Xenophontes and Maria, hav­ing pur­sued asceti­cism in silence and strict fast­ing, also received of God the gift of won­der­work­ing.

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