Stephanos of Khinolakkos
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 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 monks and, after he had guided 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.