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Numbered among the Seventy Lesser [[Apostles]], Dionysius was [[baptism|baptized]] by [[Apostle_Paul|St. Paul]] in Athens. Prior to this, Dionysius grew up in a notable family in Athens, attended philisophical school at home and abroad, was married with several children and was a member of the highest court in Greece, the Areopagus. After his conversion to the True Faith, St. Paul made him [[Bishop]] of Athens. Eventually he left his wife and children for Christ and went with St. Paul in missionary travel. He travelled to Jersusalem specifically to see the Most Holy [[Theotokos]] and writes of his encounter in one of his books. He was also present at her [[Dormition]].
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[[Image:Dionysius the Areopagite.jpg|right|frame|St. Dionysius the Areopagite]]
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The holy, glorious and right-victorious [[Hieromartyr]] '''Dionysius the Areopagite''' was [[baptism|baptized]] by [[Saint]] [[Apostle_Paul|Paul]] in Athens and is numbered among the Seventy [[Apostles]]. Prior to this, Dionysius grew up in a notable family in Athens, attended philosophical school at home and abroad, was married with several children, and was a member of the highest court in Greece, the Areopagus. After his conversion to the True Faith, St. Paul made him [[Bishop]] of Athens. Eventually he left his wife and children for [[Christ]] and went with St. Paul in [[missionary]] travel. He travelled to Jersusalem specifically to see the Most Holy [[Theotokos]] and writes of his encounter in one of his books. He was also present at her [[Dormition]].
  
Seeing St. Paul martyred in Rome, St. Dionysius desired to be a [[martyr]] as well. He went to Gaul, along with his presbyster Rusticus and the deacon Eleutherius, to preach the gospel to the barbarians where his suffering was equalled only by his success in converting many pagans to Christianity. He built a small church in Paris where the [[Divine_Liturgy|Divine Services]] were celebrated.
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Seeing St. Paul martyred in Rome, St. Dionysius desired to be a [[martyr]] as well. He went to Gaul, along with his [[presbyter]] Rusticus and the [[deacon]] Eleutherius, to preach the [[Gospel]] to the barbarians where his suffering was equalled only by his success in converting many pagans to Christianity. He built a small church in Paris where the [[Divine Liturgy|Divine Services]] were celebrated.
  
In the year 96, St. Dionysius was seized and tortured for Christ, along with Rusticus and Eleutherius, and all three were beheaded under the reign of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domitian Domitian]. St. Dionysius' head rolled a rather long way until it came to the feet of Catula, a Christian. She honorably buried it along with his body.
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In the year 96, St. Dionysius was seized and tortured for Christ, along with Rusticus and Eleutherius, and all three were beheaded under the reign of the Emperor Domitian. St. Dionysius' head rolled a rather long way until it came to the feet of Catula, a Christian. She honorably buried it along with his body.
  
St. Dionysius wrote many famous books, including: ''The Divine Names of God'', ''Celestial and Ecclesiastical Hierarchies'' and ''Mystical Theology''. His [[feast day]] is [[October 3]]rd. His ''Letter to Titus'' is quoted by [[John_of_Damascus|St. John of Damscus]] in his work ''On the Divine Images'', a defense of [[icons]] during the [[iconoclast|iconocalstic controveries]].
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Many famous books are attributed to St. Dionysius, including: ''The Divine Names of God'', ''Celestial and Ecclesiastical Hierarchies'' and ''Mystical Theology''. His [[feast day]] is celebrated on [[October 3]]. His ''Letter to Titus'' is quoted by St. [[John of Damascus]] in his work ''On the Divine Images'', a defense of [[icon]]s during the [[iconoclast|iconoclastic controveries]].
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==Works==
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*''The Divine Names of God''
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*''Celestial and Ecclesiastical Hierarchies''
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*''Mystical Theology''
  
 
== Source ==
 
== Source ==
 
St. [[Nikolai Velimirovic]], ''The [[Prologue of Ohrid]]''
 
St. [[Nikolai Velimirovic]], ''The [[Prologue of Ohrid]]''
  
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==External Links==
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*[http://goarch.org/en/chapel/saints.asp?contentid=227 Dionysios the Areopagite] ([[GOARCH]])
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*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=102843 Hieromartyr Dionysius the Areopagite the Bishop of Athens] ([[OCA]])
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*[http://www.ccel.org/d/dionysius Dionysius, the Pseudo-Areopagite (b. c. 500): Mystical theologian] at the Christian Classics Ethereal Library
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*[http://www.oca.org/QA.asp?ID=117&SID=3 Dionysius the Areopagite] Q & A (OCA)
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*[http://www.comeandseeicons.com/cap10.htm An icon of Hieromartyr Dionysius the Areopagite] at Come and See Icons
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St. Dionysius the Areopagite

The holy, glorious and right-victorious Hieromartyr Dionysius the Areopagite was baptized by Saint Paul in Athens and is numbered among the Seventy Apostles. Prior to this, Dionysius grew up in a notable family in Athens, attended philosophical school at home and abroad, was married with several children, and was a member of the highest court in Greece, the Areopagus. After his conversion to the True Faith, St. Paul made him Bishop of Athens. Eventually he left his wife and children for Christ and went with St. Paul in missionary travel. He travelled to Jersusalem specifically to see the Most Holy Theotokos and writes of his encounter in one of his books. He was also present at her Dormition.

Seeing St. Paul martyred in Rome, St. Dionysius desired to be a martyr as well. He went to Gaul, along with his presbyter Rusticus and the deacon Eleutherius, to preach the Gospel to the barbarians where his suffering was equalled only by his success in converting many pagans to Christianity. He built a small church in Paris where the Divine Services were celebrated.

In the year 96, St. Dionysius was seized and tortured for Christ, along with Rusticus and Eleutherius, and all three were beheaded under the reign of the Emperor Domitian. St. Dionysius' head rolled a rather long way until it came to the feet of Catula, a Christian. She honorably buried it along with his body.

Many famous books are attributed to St. Dionysius, including: The Divine Names of God, Celestial and Ecclesiastical Hierarchies and Mystical Theology. His feast day is celebrated on October 3. His Letter to Titus is quoted by St. John of Damascus in his work On the Divine Images, a defense of icons during the iconoclastic controveries.

Works

  • The Divine Names of God
  • Celestial and Ecclesiastical Hierarchies
  • Mystical Theology

Source

St. Nikolai Velimirovic, The Prologue of Ohrid

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