holy father '''Anastasius''' (also spelled Anastasios) is a 7th century [[saint]] who left the world and everything in it. He took up his [[cross]] according to the Lord's commandment, was [[ tonsure]]d, and became a [[monk]], following the Lord willingly. He became a lover of the greatest struggles for virtue. He went to [[Jerusalem]] and, after he had venerated the saints and the [[venerable]] places, he came to mount [[Sinai]]. There Anastasius found a group of monks who led a strict [[ ascetic]] life, so he stayed and submitted himself to them as a servant. Thus he became very [[ Humility| humble]] and received from God gifts of knowledge and great wisdom, through which he wrote the lives of [[ Church Fathers|holy fathers]] and composed edifying [[ sermon]] s. Anastasius eventually became [[abbot]] of the whole ascetic community at the Sinai . He departed to the Lord full of years.
Saint Anastasius is commemorated on [[ April 20]] and along with his fellow ascetics each [[ bright week|Bright Wednesday]], the [[ Synaxis]] of the Monastic Fathers of the Sinai.
Quote==:''We have the following understanding and opinion concerning those who receive the holy Mysteries of the Body and Blood of the Lord, that if persons have some small human sins that are readily forgiven, such as: being robbed [committing a sin] by the tongue or hearing or eyes or by vainglory or by sorrow or anger or such things as these, that once they rebuke themselves and make confession to God let them thus receive the holy Mysteries. We believe that the reception of the holy Mysteries for such persons is unto the cleansing of sins.''< sup>[http://www.orthodoxinfo.com/praxis/hesychios.aspx]</ sup>
Sources and further reading== *[http:/ /www.trueorthodoxy.info/spir_stanastasios_mark_true_christian.shtml What is the Mark of the True Christian?, by St. Anastasius of Sinai] *[http://www.monachos.net/library/Anastasius_of_Sinai,_Concerning_the_Holy_Fathers_in_Sinai Concerning the Holy Fathers in Sinai, by St. Anastasius of Sinai] *[http://www.crossroadsinitiative.com/library_article/175/Transfiguration_____St._Anastasius.html Sermon on the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord, by St. Anastasius of Sinai] [God or angels as impersonators of saints; A belief and its contexts in the "Refutation" of Eustratius of Constantinople and in the writings of Anastasius of Sinai, by Dirk Krausmüller (Gouden Horn 6,2)]
*''Lives of the Saints for the Whole Year'' by St. [[Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain]] (18th century)
*[http://www.voskrese.info/spl/Xnewmoses.html St. Anastasius the New Moses, Abbot of Sinai (St. Pachomius Library)
]*[http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01455d.htm St. Anastasius Sinaita (1912 Catholic Encyclopedia) ]*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp? SID=4&ID=1&FSID=101161 Venerable Anastasius the Abbot of Sinai] ( from [[OCA]])