Our venerable and God-bearing father '''Symeon the New Theologian''' (949–1022) is one of three [[saint]]s of the Orthodox church to have been given the title of ''Theologian'' (the others are St. [[Apostle John|John]] the [[Apostle]] and St. [[Gregory the Theologian|Gregory Nazianzen]]). Born in Galatia and educated at Constantinople, he became [[abbot]] of the [[monastery]] of St. Mamas. His [[feast day]] is celebrated by some on [[March 12]], the date of his repose, while others commemorate his feast on [[October 12]], because March 12 falls within [[Great Lent]].
St. Symeon was a poet who embodied the mystical tradition. He wrote that humans could experience the [[Holy Spirit|Spirit]] of God directly. His works influenced the [[hesychasm|hesychastic]] controversy of the 14th century.
Some of his writings are included in the ''[[Philokalia]]''.
* ''[http://www.myriobiblos.gr/texts/english/symeon_threeways.html The Three Ways of Attention and Prayer]''