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Our father among the saints '''Spyridon of Trimythous''' was born in Trimythous in Cyprus in 270 AD. He had no education. Like his parents, he was a peasant farmer and shepherd, and even after his wife died and he became [[Bishop]] of of Trimythous, he did little to change his humble way of living.
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[[Image:Spyridon.jpg|right|frame|St. Spyridon of Trimythous]]
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Our father among the [[saint]]s '''Spyridon of Trimythous the Wonderworker''' (Greek: Σπυρίδων ca. 270-348) was a fourth century [[bishop]] who was present at the [[First Ecumenical Council]].  He is also commonly referred to in Corfu as ''Keeper of the City'' (Greek: ο πολιούχος), since he is also the [[patron saint]] of that island (this is where his [[relics]] are located and venerated).  He is commemorated by the church on [[December 12]].
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Spyridon was born in the village of Ashia (''askia'' - "without shade"), Cyprus (270 AD) and died in Trimythous, Cyprus (348 AD). He was a peasant farmer and shepherd and was not educated.  Spyridon was married and had a daughter, Irene.  After his wife died, he and his daughter both entered into [[monasticism]]. He later became the [[Bishop]] of Trimythous (during the reign of [[Constantine the Great]]) and continued in piety for which he was greatly known.
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He is the patron saint of potters (from the miracle of the potsherd).
  
 
==Persecutions and witness to Orthodox Faith==
 
==Persecutions and witness to Orthodox Faith==
During the Maximilian persecutions he was arrested and exiled. He was present at the [[First Ecumenical Council]] of Nicea in 325 AD where he astonished many with his simple explanations of the [[Orthodox Church|Orthodox]] Faith. Though not well-educated, he surprised everyone at the Council of Nicea by converting a famous philosopher to Orthodoxy from [[Arianism]]. He explained the unity and diversity of the Trinity by holding up a brick, then commonly thought to be a combination of the elements fire, earth and water; as he spoke, fire blazed from the top of the brick while water gushed out underneath. There too, at Nicea, he met St. [[Nicholas of Myra]], with whom he formed a lasting friendship.
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During the Maximilian persecutions (295 AD) he was arrested and exiled. In 325 AD, he was present at the First Ecumenical Council of [[Nicea]] where he astonished many with his simple explanations of the [[Orthodox Church|Orthodox]] Faith. Though not well-educated, he surprised everyone at the Council of Nicea by converting a famous philosopher to Orthodoxy from [[Arianism]]. He explained the unity and diversity of the Trinity by holding up a brick, then commonly thought to be a combination of the elements fire, earth and water; as he spoke, fire blazed from the top of the brick while water gushed out underneath. There too, at Nicea, he met St. [[Nicholas of Myra]], with whom he formed a lasting friendship.
  
 
==Miracles==
 
==Miracles==
Through simplicity and deep devotion to God, he worked miracles throughout his life and became known as a great [[Saint_titles|wonderworker]], calling forth rain in the midst of drought, healing and even raising people from the dead, in addition to having the gift of prescience.
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Through simplicity and deep devotion to God, he worked miracles throughout his life and became known as a great [[wonder-worker]], calling forth rain in the midst of drought, casting out demons with a single word, healing the sick and even raising people from the dead, in addition to having the gift of prescience.
  
When he arrived back home from Nicea a woman told him that she had given his daughter, who had died while he was away, some jewelry for safekeeping. Now that his daughter was dead, no one could find where she had put them. Spyridon went to his daughter's grave, spoke to her, and was able to restore the jewelry to its owner.  
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When he arrived back home from Nicea a woman told him that she had given his daughter, who had died while he was away, some jewelry for safekeeping. Now that his daughter was dead, no one could find where she had put them. Spyridon went to his daughter's grave, spoke to her, and was able to restore the jewelry to its owner.  
  
 
Also during a famine Spyridon  changed a snake into gold pieces so that a poor man could buy food from a greedy merchant who had cornered the supply.  
 
Also during a famine Spyridon  changed a snake into gold pieces so that a poor man could buy food from a greedy merchant who had cornered the supply.  
  
One day there was only himself and the deacon and readers in church at vespers, and the responses could be heard beautifully chanted by an unseen choir. The music was so beautiful that others, passing by, heard it and saw through the windows what seemed like a large congregation. Entering the church, however, they found only St. Spyridon  and his assistants.  
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One day there was only himself and the [[deacon]] and readers in church at [[vespers]], and the responses could be heard beautifully chanted by an unseen choir. The music was so beautiful that others, passing by, heard it and saw through the windows what seemed like a large congregation. Entering the church, however, they found only St. Spyridon  and his assistants.
  
 
==Departure and relics==
 
==Departure and relics==
St. Spyridon lived most of his earthly life in Cyprus, where he also reposed in 348 AD and was buried in the Church of the Holy Apostles in Tremithus.
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[[Image:Spyridon slippers.jpg|right|thumb|250px|One of the pairs of St. Spyridon's slippers, housed at the cathedral dedicated to him in Worcester, Massachusetts]]
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St. Spyridon lived most of his earthly life in Cyprus, where he also reposed in 348 AD and was buried in the Church of the Holy Apostles in Trimythous.
  
When the Saracens took the island, the Cypriots opened his grave in order to remove his sacred bones to Constantinople. They found that his body had remained intact, while from the grave emanated a scent of basil, true signs of the sainthood he had shown during his lifetime. When Constantinople fell in 1453, he was transferred to Serbia, then a Corfiot elder, Georgios Kalohairetis, brought him to the island of Corfu in Greece where he is currently burried.
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When the Saracens took the island, the Cypriots opened his grave in order to remove his sacred bones to Constantinople. They found that his body had remained intact, while from the grave emanated a scent of basil, true signs of the sainthood he had shown during his lifetime. When Constantinople fell in 1453, he was transferred to Serbia, then a Corfiot elder, Georgios Kalohairetis, brought him to the island of Corfu in Greece where he is currently buried.
  
To this day St. Spyridon 's incorrupt [[relics]] at his shrine in Corfu continue to manifest the power of God, wondrous in His saints. He is called the "walking [[saint]]" because the silk slippers which clothe the feet of his relics wear out each year and are replaced on his [[feast day]]. He is commemorated by the Church on [[December 12]].
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To this day St. Spyridon's [[Incorruptibility|incorrupt]] [[relics]] at his [[shrine]] in Corfu continue to manifest the power of God, wondrous in His saints. He is called the "walking [[saint]]" because the silk slippers which clothe the feet of his relics wear out each year and are replaced on his [[feast day]]. His miracle in Corfu against the Turkish invasion of 1716 is commemorated on [[August 11]].
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==Other information==
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* '''The Tolstoy family story''' - The Tolstoy family, have also adopted St. Spyridon as their patron saint. In the 15th century, Andrei Tolstoy chose the saint as the family's patron and he remains so in both branched to this day. There are stories that say, that the Grand Prince of Muscovy Basil II(1425-1462) gave a gold cross to Andrei, with relics of the saint inside. This apparently survives and is owned by Count Nikolai Tolstoy, the most senior member of the Tolstoy family.
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==Sources and further details==
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* http://www.roca.org/OA/95/95h.htm
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* [http://www.saintspiridon.org/stspiridon.html ''Life of St. Spiridon'']], ed. Alan Mack, (c) 1995.
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* http://www.terrakerkyra.gr/history/en/pisti/
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* [[w:Saint Spyridon|Saint Spyridon (Wikipedia)]]
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* Icons: [http://www.iconograms.org/sig.php?eid=332], [http://www.iconograms.org/sig.php?eid=705]
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*[http://www.comeandseeicons.com/s/inp123.htm Icon of St. Spyridon]
  
 
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[[ro:Spiridon al Trimitundei]]

Latest revision as of 05:27, November 23, 2012

St. Spyridon of Trimythous

Our father among the saints Spyridon of Trimythous the Wonderworker (Greek: Σπυρίδων ca. 270-348) was a fourth century bishop who was present at the First Ecumenical Council. He is also commonly referred to in Corfu as Keeper of the City (Greek: ο πολιούχος), since he is also the patron saint of that island (this is where his relics are located and venerated). He is commemorated by the church on December 12.

Spyridon was born in the village of Ashia (askia - "without shade"), Cyprus (270 AD) and died in Trimythous, Cyprus (348 AD). He was a peasant farmer and shepherd and was not educated. Spyridon was married and had a daughter, Irene. After his wife died, he and his daughter both entered into monasticism. He later became the Bishop of Trimythous (during the reign of Constantine the Great) and continued in piety for which he was greatly known.

He is the patron saint of potters (from the miracle of the potsherd).

Contents

Persecutions and witness to Orthodox Faith

During the Maximilian persecutions (295 AD) he was arrested and exiled. In 325 AD, he was present at the First Ecumenical Council of Nicea where he astonished many with his simple explanations of the Orthodox Faith. Though not well-educated, he surprised everyone at the Council of Nicea by converting a famous philosopher to Orthodoxy from Arianism. He explained the unity and diversity of the Trinity by holding up a brick, then commonly thought to be a combination of the elements fire, earth and water; as he spoke, fire blazed from the top of the brick while water gushed out underneath. There too, at Nicea, he met St. Nicholas of Myra, with whom he formed a lasting friendship.

Miracles

Through simplicity and deep devotion to God, he worked miracles throughout his life and became known as a great wonder-worker, calling forth rain in the midst of drought, casting out demons with a single word, healing the sick and even raising people from the dead, in addition to having the gift of prescience.

When he arrived back home from Nicea a woman told him that she had given his daughter, who had died while he was away, some jewelry for safekeeping. Now that his daughter was dead, no one could find where she had put them. Spyridon went to his daughter's grave, spoke to her, and was able to restore the jewelry to its owner.

Also during a famine Spyridon changed a snake into gold pieces so that a poor man could buy food from a greedy merchant who had cornered the supply.

One day there was only himself and the deacon and readers in church at vespers, and the responses could be heard beautifully chanted by an unseen choir. The music was so beautiful that others, passing by, heard it and saw through the windows what seemed like a large congregation. Entering the church, however, they found only St. Spyridon and his assistants.

Departure and relics

One of the pairs of St. Spyridon's slippers, housed at the cathedral dedicated to him in Worcester, Massachusetts

St. Spyridon lived most of his earthly life in Cyprus, where he also reposed in 348 AD and was buried in the Church of the Holy Apostles in Trimythous.

When the Saracens took the island, the Cypriots opened his grave in order to remove his sacred bones to Constantinople. They found that his body had remained intact, while from the grave emanated a scent of basil, true signs of the sainthood he had shown during his lifetime. When Constantinople fell in 1453, he was transferred to Serbia, then a Corfiot elder, Georgios Kalohairetis, brought him to the island of Corfu in Greece where he is currently buried.

To this day St. Spyridon's incorrupt relics at his shrine in Corfu continue to manifest the power of God, wondrous in His saints. He is called the "walking saint" because the silk slippers which clothe the feet of his relics wear out each year and are replaced on his feast day. His miracle in Corfu against the Turkish invasion of 1716 is commemorated on August 11.

Other information

  • The Tolstoy family story - The Tolstoy family, have also adopted St. Spyridon as their patron saint. In the 15th century, Andrei Tolstoy chose the saint as the family's patron and he remains so in both branched to this day. There are stories that say, that the Grand Prince of Muscovy Basil II(1425-1462) gave a gold cross to Andrei, with relics of the saint inside. This apparently survives and is owned by Count Nikolai Tolstoy, the most senior member of the Tolstoy family.

Sources and further details

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