Stephanos of Khinolakkos

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On [[January 14]] the [[Church]] celebrates the memory of St. '''Stephanos''' (Steven) who built the [[monastery]] of Khinolakkos which lies in Moudania (in Asia Minor). St. Stephanos was a nobleman from the East and was righteous like [[Job]]. From the beginning he loved the [[ascetic]] life and went to the monasteries and hermitages of the holy fathers which lie at river Jordan in the desert of Sts. Euthymios, Savvas and Theodosios. When he had learnt the way of life in each one of these monasteries he went to Constantinople during the reign of Leo Isauros the [[Iconoclasm|iconoclast]] in 716. He was offered hospitality in the holy [[Patriarch]] Germanos' house with whom the [[saint]] stayed for some time. Having benefited a lot from him and receiving the advice to do something good, he spent his life in that place where the monastery which he has founded lies. There he gathered a lot of [[monk]]s and, after he had guided
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Our venerable and God-bearing father ''' Stephanos''' (Steven) was an ascetic of the early eighth century who founded the [[monastery]] of Khinolakkos in Moudania (in Asia Minor). His [[feast day]] is [[January 14]].
them in the learning and the ways of the Lord, he raised them to perfection and to such a spiritual age as to be true members of the body of [[Christ]]. So, the blessed man lived well and was engaged to the future glory and beatitude even while he was still on this earth. Then he flew from these earthly houses to the heavenly dwellings above and his holy soul was seen by some rising in glory and with angelic escort to heavens, as they used to relate.
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==Life==
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St. Stephanos was a nobleman from the East and was righteous like [[Job the Long-suffering|Job]]. From the beginning he loved the [[ascetic]] life and went to the monasteries and hermitages of the holy fathers along the River Jordan in the desert of Ss. Euthymios, Savvas, and Theodosios. After he had learned the way of life in each of these monasteries, he traveled in 716 to Constantinople during the reign of Leo Isauros the [[Iconoclasm|Iconoclast]] (also known as Leo the Isaurian). He was offered hospitality by the holy [[Patriarch]] [[Germanus I of Constantinople|Germanus]] and stayed in Constantinople for some time. Having benefited much from the patriarch's advice, Stephanos spent the rest of his life at his [[monastery]], Khinolakkos. There, he gathered many [[monk]]s and, after guiding them in the learning and the ways of the Lord, he raised them to perfection and to such a spiritual age as to be true members of the body of [[Christ]].  
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Thus the [[saint]] lived, partaking in the future glory and beatitude of the heavenly kingdom even while he was still on this earth. According to tradition, his holy soul was seen by some rising in glory with an angelic escort to Heaven.
  
 
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Our venerable and God-bearing father Stephanos (Steven) was an ascetic of the early eighth century who founded the monastery of Khinolakkos in Moudania (in Asia Minor). His feast day is January 14.

Life

St. Stephanos was a nobleman from the East and was righteous like Job. From the beginning he loved the ascetic life and went to the monasteries and hermitages of the holy fathers along the River Jordan in the desert of Ss. Euthymios, Savvas, and Theodosios. After he had learned the way of life in each of these monasteries, he traveled in 716 to Constantinople during the reign of Leo Isauros the Iconoclast (also known as Leo the Isaurian). He was offered hospitality by the holy Patriarch Germanus and stayed in Constantinople for some time. Having benefited much from the patriarch's advice, Stephanos spent the rest of his life at his monastery, Khinolakkos. There, he gathered many monks and, after guiding them in the learning and the ways of the Lord, he raised them to perfection and to such a spiritual age as to be true members of the body of Christ.

Thus the saint lived, partaking in the future glory and beatitude of the heavenly kingdom even while he was still on this earth. According to tradition, his holy soul was seen by some rising in glory with an angelic escort to Heaven.

Source

Lives of the Saints for the Whole Year by St. Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain (18th c.) [1]

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