Commemorated on April 20
Saint Anastasius of Sinai lived in the seventh century, and was one of the great ascetics who flourished on Mt. Sinai.
his youth, he was raised in great piety and love for God. When he
reached manhood, Saint Anastasius left the world and entered a monastery
to take upon himself the yoke of Christ (Mt.11:29). Wishing to perfect
himself in virtue, he went to Saint Catherine’s Monastery on Mt. Sinai,
where Saint John of the Ladder (March 30) was abbot. There he profited
from the example of many holy men who were proficient in monasticism.
of his humility, Saint Anastasius received wisdom and spiritual
discernment from God. He wrote the Lives of several holy Fathers, as
well as other spiritually instructive books. In time, he was found
worthy of ordination to the holy priesthood.
Following Saint John
and his brother George, Saint Anastasius became abbot of Sinai. He was
most zealous in his opposition to heresy, exposing it, refuting it, and
covering its adherants with shame. He even traveled to Syria, Egypt, and
Arabia to uproot heresy and strengthen the Church of Christ.
Anastasius taught that God gives each Christian an angel to care for
him throughout his life. However, we can drive our Guardian Angel away
by our sins, just as bees are driven away by smoke. While the demons
work to deprive us of the heavenly Kingdom, the holy angels guide us to
do good. Therefore, only the most foolish individuals would drive away
their Guardian Angel from themselves.
After a long life of
faithfully serving God, Saint Anastasius fell asleep in the Lord in the
year 685. He and the other ascetics of Mt. Sinai are also commemorated
on Bright Wednesday, the Synaxis of the Monastic Fathers of Sinai.
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