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Saints

Commemorated on August 7th

Martyr Dometios of Persia, and St Dometios of Philotheou Monastery

Christ icon 14 Feb

St Dometios of Persia lived during the fourth century. In his youth a Christian named Uaros converted him to the Faith. Forsaking Persia, he withdrew to the frontier city of Nisibis (in Mesopotamia), where he accepted Baptism in one of the monasteries and was tonsured into monasticism. But then fleeing the ill-will of the monastery inhabitants, St Dometios moved on to the monastery of Saints Sergius and Bacchus in the city of Theodosiopolis. The monastery was under the guidance of an archimandrite named Urbelos, a strict ascetic, of whom it was said that for 60 years he neither tasted cooked food, nor did he lay down for sleep, but rather took his rest standing up, supporting himself upon his staff.

St Dometios was ordained a Deacon in this monastery, but when the archimandrite decided to have him made a Presbyter, the saint, considering himself unworthy, hid himself on a desolate mountain in Syria, in the region of Cyr. Stories about him constantly spread among the local inhabitants, and they began to come to him for healing and for help. St Dometios brought many pagans to faith in Christ, and one time, in the locality where he struggled with his disciples, the emperor Julian the Apostate (361-363 AD) arrived, travelling on his campaign against the Persians. By order of the emperor, soldiers found St Dometios praying with his disciples in a cave, and walled them up alive inside.

St Dometios was an Athonite Elder. He pursued silence at the Philotheou monastery together with the Hieromartyr Damian of Philotheou (commemorated February 23), who suffered under cruel tortures by the Turks in the year 1568 AD.

Dismissal Hymn (Fourth Tone)

Preparing yourself through prayer and fasting on the mountain, you destroyed the hosts of spiritual enemies with the weapon of the Cross. Then courageously preparing yourself for martyrdom, you were crowned by God for both your life and death, O ever-memorable venerable martyr Dometios.

Kontakion (Sixth Tone)

Despising corruption and degrading philosophies, O venerable martyr Dometios, you became a great guide of monks. You did not fear the wrath of the king, who did not wish to homer Christ the true God. Therefore, in death You did raise the hymn, "God is with me, and no one will be against me".