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Commemorated on October 15th

St Euthymios the New of Thessalonica and Mount Athos

St Euthymios 15th Oct

St Euthymios the New of Thessalonica and Mt Athos, in the world was named Nicetas, and he was a native of the city of Ancyra in Galatia. His parents, Epiphanios and Anna, led virtuous Christian lives, and from childhood their son was meek, pious and obedient. At age seven he was left fatherless and he soon became the sole support of his mother in all matters. Having entered military service, Nicetas married, on the insistence of his mother. After the birth of a daughter, he secretly left home in order to enter a monastery. For fifteen years the venerable Euthymios lived the ascetic life on Mount Olympus, where he learned monastic deeds from the Elders.

The monk went to resettle on Mount Athos. On the way, he learned that his mother and wife were in good health. He informed them that he had become a monk, and he sent them a cross, calling on them to follow his example. On Mount Athos, he was tonsured into the Great Schema and lived for three years in a cave in total silence, struggling with temptations. St Euthymios also lived for a long time as a stylite, not far from Thessalonica, instructing those coming to him for advice and healing the sick.

The monk cleansed his mind and heart to such an extent that he was granted divine visions and revelations. At the command of the Lord, St Euthymios founded two monasteries in 863 AD on Mount Peristeros, not far from Thessalonica, which he guided for 14 years, with the rank of Deacon. In one of these his wife and mother received monastic tonsure. Before his death, he settled on Hiera, an island of Mount Athos, where he reposed in 898 AD. His relics were transferred to Thessalonica.

Troparion (Plagal of the Fourth Tone)

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 away, but to care instead for the soul, since it is immortal. Therefore your spirit, O Holy Father Euthimios, rejoices with the Angels!