Commemorated on October 3
Saint John the Chozebite, Bishop of Caesarea in Palestine (587-596),
was famed for his struggle against the Eutychian heresy, and also for
his grace-filled gifts of discernment and wonderworking. He was born in
the Egyptian city of Thebes and while still a youth he spent a long time
in the Thebaid desert with his uncle, who was an ascetic.
emperor, who learned of John’s holy life, decided to make him bishop of
the city of Caesarea. But the saint, yearning for solitude, left his
cathedra and withdrew into the Chozeba wilderness (between Jerusalem and
Jericho) where he struggled in asceticism until the end of his life.
while on his way to visit some of the brethren, he met a woman on the
road. She entreated him to follow her to her home so that he might bless
it and sanctify it by his prayers. Once they entered the house,
however, the vile woman locked the door and removed all her clothing,
and tried to tempt the saint into sinning with her. He opened the door
and fled from the place.
After this, he performed many
miracles until he fell asleep in the Lord. It is said that whenever he
served the Divine Liturgy, he would see a heavenly light in the altar.
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