Hilarion of Meglin

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'Hilarionos' Episcopate of Μογλενών (Mo-glen-On) was born in the village of Promahi (Edessa, Greece) around 1080-1090. His parents were of Greek origin, extremally pious yet barren. After years of unceasing prayers and litanies, one night the Virgin Mary appeared to his mother and promised her that she would give birth to a son who would take many people from the depths of deceit and return them to the light of the knowledge of God.

At the age of 18, Hilarion joined a local monastery and was tonsured a monk. He lived in such great asceticism that later on in life, he worked many miracles and his fame spread throughout the area. At some stage, just as the the Virgin Mary appeared to his mother, she also appeared to the Archbishop Αχρίδας Ευστάθιο, and announced to him that the saint would be placed shortly as the leader of the church of the Μογλενών.

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