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Hilarion of Meglin

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Our father among the [[saint]]s '''Hilarion of Meglin'''Hilarionos''' Episcopate was a [[bishop]] of the eleventh century known for his teachings against [[heresy|heresies]] and his support of [[monasticism]]. He is commemorated by the [[church]] on [[October 21]] alongside St. [[Hilarion the Great]] and Venerable Hilarion, the Schemamonk of Μογλενών''' (Mo-glen-On) the [[Kiev Caves]].__NOTOC__==Life==St. Hilarion was born of Greek origin in the village of Promahi (Edessa, Greece) , around 1080-1090 . He received an extremely pious and is commemorated Christian upbringing by his devout parents. His parents had been barren and after years of unceasing [[fasting]] and prayer, the Church [[October 21Theotokos|Virgin Mary]] along appeared to his mother and comforted her with other saint a promise that they would give birth to a son who would turn many to the light of the same name on the same dayknowledge of God's truth.
His parentsWhen Hilarion was three he would chant the [[hymn]] "Holy, Holy, were Holy, Lord God of Greek origin, extremally pious yet barrenSabbaoth!" constantly. After years At the age of unceasing prayers eighteen, he joined a local [[monastery]] and litanies, one night the was [[tonsure]]d a [[Theotokos|Virgin Marymonk]] appeared . He was well educated and lived in extreme asceticism for many years. Due to his mother virtuous and promised her that she would give birth strict life, he was chosen to a son who would take many people from be the depths [[abbot]] of deceit and return them to this monastery. He was very concerned with the light salvation of the knowledge of Godmonks' souls. He was particularly persistent on eradicating drunkenness from within the monastery.
At the age of 18, Hilarion joined During his life he was well known for founding and establishing a local monastery and was tonsured a monk. He lived in such great asceticism that later based on in life, he worked many miracles and his fame spread throughout the areaRule of St. At some stage, just as [[Pachomius the Great|Pachomius]]. This monastery was dedicated to the Virgin Mary appeared [[Apostles]]. The oldest historical [[synaxarion]] record for this saint does not distinguish whether this monastery was dedicated to his mother, she also appeared the twelve Apostles or specifically to the Archbishop Αχρίδας Ευστάθιο, Apostles [[Apostle Peter|Peter]] and announced to him that the saint would be placed shortly as the leader of the church of the Μογλενών[[Apostle Paul|Paul]]. It This clarification was not long after this visionlater made through an archaeological find called the Markianos Code, Codex #524, that dated to the prophecy of 13th century. This text exists in the Virgin Mary was fulfilledGreek language.
His episcopal seat is famed In 1134, he was consecrated [[Bishop]] of Meglin by Eustathius, Archbishop of Trnovo. Holy Tradition holds that Eustathius was also visited in a vision by the Virgin Mary who announced to him that Hilarion would soon be placed as leader of the area where Meglin region. During this time, the village is today called Hrisi (Greek: Χρυσή) in GreeceBogomil heresy was spreading through Bulgaria. This area was full The followers of Armenian this group believed that 'good and Βογόμιλους monophysites. Through his teaching evil manifest themselves as independent principles and discussions, he managed to convert many of the monophysites back to a struggle between the churchtwo ensues.'
He is also famous for establishing a monastery in the area dedicated His lifelong struggle and contribution to the Apostles. The synaxarion does not distinguish if this Orthodox church was for against the Holy 12 Apostles or merely the Peter and Paul[[Bogomilism|Bogomils]]. This clarification has been found through an archaeological Markianos CodeIn refuting their teachings, Code 524, dating to the 13th century. This text is in Greek and exists in the Greek language and has not been translated at present.Hilarion said:
This code describes :''You are not Christians at all, since you are hostile to the death Cross of Christ the SaintSavior. Ilarion pre-empted You do not acknowledge the One God, you slander the teachings of the time [[Old Testament]] venerated by Christians. You deceive people by hypocritical meekness while full of his pride. True piety is not possible in those who do not see their own death heart's corruption, but by those who ask God's grace with prayer and prepared the brotherhood for his departurehumility. His discipleEvil thoughts, envy, of many yearsvanity, monk Petergreed, was blessed lies are not the deed of some evil thing within man to be conquered by Ilarios to take his place as Abbott mere fasting. These vices are the fruit of the monastery upon his reposeself-love which demands rooting out by spiritual efforts.'' <ref>[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer. He had a peaceful death and as founder and builder asp?FSID=103010 Translation of the monastery was given an honourary burial service and place relics of honour. It is noted in this code, that his all-holy relics, streamed myrrh from his eyes and he would appear in visions to St Hilarion the monks he would weaken Bishop of Meglin in their monastic duties.Bulgaria] (OCA)</ref>
His holy-relics were forcefully translated from the monastery sometime during 1204 by Because of Hilarion's prayers and exhortations, many of the Bulgarian Tsar Ioannis Asanis Bogomils abandoned their teachings and [[conversion|converted]] to the Church of the 40-saints in his countryOrthodox Christianity.
Hilarion struggled successfully against the rise of the Armenian [[Monophysitism|Monophysite]]s in Bulgaria, who acknowledged only the divine nature of [[Christ]].
 
Hilarion pre-empted his death and reposed peacefully in the Lord in the year 1164.
 
At his request, he was succeeded as abbot of the monastery by his disciple of many years, monk Peter. It is noted in Codex 524 that during his burial service, [[myrrh]] streamed continually from his eyes and that he later appeared on many occasions in visions to the monks of the monasteries to strengthen them in their monastic duties.
 
==Transfer of relics==
The transfer of the [[relics]] of St. Hilarion, Bishop of Meglin, to the Bulgarian city of Trnovo, occurred between 1204-1206, by the Bulgarian Tsar Ioannis Asanis to the Church of the 40-saints. Prior to this event, the body of the saint rested in the city of Meglin.
==Sources==
This page has been loosely translated from the following page*[http://www.promahi.gr/moni_agiou_ilariona_GR.htmlΜονή Αγίου Ιλαρίωνα] ("Monastery of Saint Hilarion" in Greek)*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?FSID=103010 Translation of the relics of St Hilarion the Bishop of Meglin in Bulgaria] ([[OCA]])*[http://www.westsrbdio.org/prolog/my.html?month=October&day=21 Saint Hilarion, Bishop of Meglin] (''[[Prologue of Ohrid]]'') ==Reference==<references /> ==External link==*[http://www.transfigcathedral.org/faith/Bulgakov/0382b.pdf Translation of the Relics of Our Ven. Father Hilarion, Bishop of Meglin] (PDF) [[Category:Bishops]][[Category:12th-century bishops]][[Category:Bulgarian Saints]][[Category:Byzantine Saints]][[Category:Greek Saints]][[Category:Saints]][[Category:12th-century saints]]
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