Commemorated on October 4
Saint Stephen Stiljianovich of Serbia was born into a pious Christian
family in the Serbian city of Zhupa (south of Zakholmya). During this
time Serbia was often subjected to invasions by the Turks, who
devastated the land. St Stephen defended his native land, did military
service in the army of the Serbian ruler. When famine began in the
country, the kindly St Stephen distributed his own bread to the hungry.
patriotic activity of the saintly soldier was indissolubly bound up
with his truly Christian life. “In virtue, he lived as an ascetic with
charity, purity, prayer, the Orthodox Faith and unhypocritical love of
The saint fell asleep in the Lord on October 4, 1515.
After a time, the Turks saw a light shining over his grave. Thinking
that they had found a hidden treasure, they opened the grave and found
the incorrupt body of St Stephen. Serbian monks ransomed the relics from
the Turkish Pasha and transferred them to the Shishatovets monastery on
As a glorious righteous defender of his native
land, the Serbian Church prays to him, “Glory in the struggles, warrior
Stephen Stiljianovich, great healer of those who pray to you in faith.”
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