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Dorotheos of Gaza

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A [[monk]] known for his [[sermon]]s, Our venerable and God-bearing Father '''Dorotheos of Gaza was born c. 500 in Antioch into a wealthy family. He received a classical education and developed a love ''' (also ''Dorotheus'' or '''Dorotheos of books. He became a monk and Egypt''') was a disciple of Barsanuphrios. C. 540, he left this sixth-century [[monasteryhermit]] to found his own. He may have left because of his fondness for the writings of practiced [[Evagrius Ponticus|Evagrius Pontusasceticism]], whose work is sometimes considered similar to that in the desert of [[Origen]]Egypt for 60 years, whom Barsanuphrios had condemnedand became known for his sermons. As His [[archimandritefeast day]], Dorotheos wrote spiritual instructions for his monks in which he praises is celebrated on [[humilitySeptember 16]] above all the other virtues. Dorotheos died c. 560, and his works are known largely through quotations found in the writings of Theodore of Studios and his disciples. ([ Source and © Karen Rae Keck]){{stub}}
==Further detailsLife==* Dorotheus, an Egyptian hermit, was a native of the Thebaid region in Egypt and labored in asceticism for 60 years in the Skete desert, on the Western side of the River Nile. Palladius, [http://www2[Bishop]] of Helenopolis and author of the renowned ''Lausiac History'', was a [[disciple]] of Dorotheus in his youth, and preserved what memories we have of him.evansvilleAccording to his work, Dorotheus led an austere and ascetical finishing his [[prayer]]s, he would venture into the heat of noon and gather stones along the seashore to build [[cell]]s for the other hermits.html Dorotheos of Gaza - article by Timothy WBy night he would weave baskets, in exchange for which he received the supplies he needed in order to live. Seid (The Ecole Initiative)]
His food consisted of bread and the the grass of the wilderness and would eat only once a day and drank a little water. He barely slept, but only dozed off sometimes at work, or after eating.
Once, St. Dorotheus sent his disciple to fetch water, but he returned saying that he saw a snake in the well and that the water in the well was now poisoned. St. Dorotheus went to the well himself, took up a ladle of water, and making the Sign of the Cross over it he drank it, saying: "Where the Cross is, there the demonic powers do no harm." St. Dorotheus died peacefully at an advanced age.
"What we need is a little labor! Let us endure this labor that we may obtain mercy."
==External links==
*[ Venerable Dorotheus the Hermit of Egypt] ([[OCA]])
*[ The Venerable Dorotheus] (''[[Prologue of Ohrid]]'')
*[ Dorotheos of Gaza] by Timothy W. Seid (The Ecole Initiative)
*[ Dorotheos of Gaza] by Karen Rae Keck (The Ecole Initiative)
*[ The Monks of Gaza c. 500]
*[ Dorotheus of Gaza (Sixth Century) Humility and Communion]
*[[w:Dorotheus of Gaza|''Dorotheus of Gaza'' at Wikipedia]]
*"Directions on the Spiritual Life" by Abba Dorotheus of Gaza from ''Early Fathers from the Philokalia'', Parts [ I], [ II], [ III], [ IV], and [ V]
*[ The Ethos of Lent] by V. Rev. Fr. George Morelli
[[Category:Church Fathers]]
[[Category:Egyptian Saints]]
[[Category:Byzantine Saints]]
[[Category:4th-century saints]]

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