Eustatius I of Pec

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Our father among the [[saint]]s '''Jevstatije (also Eustathius, Eustace or Eustatius) I of Pec''' (Serbian: '''Свети Јевстатије архиепископ српски''') was the [[archbishop]] of Serbia from 1279 to 1286. His [[feast day]] is [[January 4]]. The Church also remembers him on [[August 30]] with ''The Synaxis of Serbian Hierarchs'', a celebration of the archpastors of the Serbian Church of the thirteenth - fourteenth centuries.
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==Life==
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He was born into a noble family in Budimlje county. As a youth he joined the Holy [[Archangel Michael]] [[Monastery]], which was the residence of the bishop of Zeta. In this monastery Eustace studied [[theology]] and [[canon law]]. He was [[tonsure]]d and [[ordination|ordained]] by [[Bishop]] Neofit of Zeta. Seeking a more [[asceticism|ascetic]] life, Eustace left the Holy Archangel Michael Monastery for [[Mount Athos]]. There he spent many years in [[Chilandari Monastery (Athos)|Hilandar Monastery]] and was elected [[igumen]] in 1262. In 1265, Igumen Eustace was elected bishop of Zeta.
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Eustace was elected archbishop of Serbia in June 1279 and ruled the [[Church of Serbia]] for seven years. He died on [[January 4]], 1286. He was later glorified, leaving behind his incorrupt [[relics]].
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==External links==
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*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=100089 Repose of St Eustathius I, Archbishop of Serbia] - ([[OCA]])
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*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=102428 Synaxis of the Serbian Hierarchs] (OCA)
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{{succession|
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before=Neofit|
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title=Bishop of Zeta|
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years=1265-1279|
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after=?}}
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{{succession|
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before=St. [[Joanicius I of Pec|Joanikije I]]|
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title=[[List of Patriarchs of Serbia|Archhbishop of Serbia]]|
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years=1279-1286|
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after=St. Jakov}}
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[[Category:Bishops]]
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[[Category:Patriarchs of Serbia]]
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[[Category:Saints]]
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[[Category:Serbian Saints]]
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