Saturday, December 08, 2007

Venerable Patapius of Thebes

Commemorated on December 8

Saint Patapius was born at Thebes into a pious Christian family. Reaching the age of maturity, he scorned the vanities of the world and so went into the Egyptian desert where he became known for his ascetic deeds. Though he wished to dwell in silence, people began to come to him for advice.

He went eventually to Constantinople, where he obtained a cell at the city wall, near the Blachernae church. But here, too, he quickly became known. The sick began to throng about, and he having been vouchsafed the gift of healing, began to help all the needy.

After a life adorned with virtue and miracles, St Patapius fell asleep in the Lord and was buried in the church of St John the Baptist.

Troparion - Tone 8

The image of God was truly preserved in you, O Father,for you took up the Cross and followed Christ.By so doing you taught us to disregard the flesh for it passes awaybut to care instead for the soul, since it is immortal.There-fore your spirit, venerable Patápius, rejoices with the angels.

Kontakion - Tone 3

Your temple is found to be a source of healing,and the people flock to it eagerly, O saint.They seek the healing of their diseasesand the forgiveness of their sins,for you are a protector for all those in need, venerable Patápius.


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