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Saints

Commemorated on March 16th

Christodoulos the Wonderworker of Patmos

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St Christodoulos, who was from the region of Nicaea of Bithynia, was the son of Theodore and Anna, and was given the name John. He assumed the monastic habit in his youth and was renamed Christodoulos ("slave of Christ" in Greek). At first, he lived the ascetical life in various places, then he received permission and monetary aid from the Emperor Alexis I Comnenos (reigned 1081-1118 AD), and built on the island of Patmos a church and monastery named in honour of St John the Evangelist. These buildings stand to this day.

However, when the Arabs attacked that place, he fled with his disciples and went to Euboia (Euripus), where also he completed the course of his life about the end of the eleventh century on the 16th of March. The disciples of this righteous man took his sacred incorrupt remains and transferred them to his own monastery, where they repose to this day for the sanctification of those who have recourse to them with faith.

Dismissal Hymn for St Christodoulos (First Tone)

Let us, O brethren, honour godly Christodoulos, offspring of Nicea, protector of Patmos and boast of monks. Let us venerate his relics and so receive healing of soul and body, and cry out with hymns, "Glory to Him Who has strengthened you; glory to Him Who has crowned you; glory to Him Who through your works healings for all".

Kontakion of St Christodoulos (Fourth Tone)

Since we possess your relics as a holy place of healing for all our diseases and afflictions, we are redeemed and cry aloud to you, "Rejoice, O Christodoulos".