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The holy, glorious and right-victorious [[Greatmartyr]] '''Panteleimon''' (
or ''Pantaleon'') the [[Unmercenary]] Healer was [[martyr]]ed under the reign of Emperor Maximian (ca. 305 A.D.). His [[feast day]] is celebrated on [[July 27]].
His parents were Eustorgius, a pagan, and [[Saint]] Eubula ([[March 30]]). They named him ''Pantaleon,'' which means ''in all things like a lion,'' but when he [[conversion|converted]] to Christianity, he changed his name to ''Panteleimon'', which means ''all-merciful.'' He learned about Christianity from the [[priest]] who later [[baptism|baptized]] him, Saint Hermolaus. Hermolaus was living with two other priests, Hermippus and Hermocrates; the three were "survivors of the massacre of 20,000 Christians in 303 ([[December 28]])."<ref name="OCA">[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=102099 Holy Greatmartyr and Healer Panteleimon] ([[OCA]])</ref>
St. Panteleimon had been educated as a physician, and he "dedicated his life to the suffering, the sick, the unfortunate and the needy. He treated all those who turned to him without charge, healing them in the name of [[Jesus Christ]]. He visited those held captive in prison. These were usually Christians, and he healed them of their wounds. In a short time, reports of the charitable physician spread throughout the city. Forsaking the other doctors, the inhabitants began to turn only to St. Panteleimon."<ref name="OCA" />
Hermolaus, Hermippus, and Hermocrates were brought forth; they confessed and were beheaded. Throughout the many tortures, St. Panteleimon remained untouched. Enraged, Maximian ordered that St. Panteleimon be beheaded. The soldiers took him to an olive tree, but when they struck him while he was praying, the sword melted like wax. After he finished his prayer, "a Voice was heard from Heaven, calling the [[passion-bearer]] by his new name and summoning him to the heavenly Kingdom."<ref name="OCA" /> He instructed the soldiers to rise from their knees where they had fallen in fear and to complete the execution. After they followed his instruction, the olive tree became covered with fruit.
Although his body was thrown into a fire, it came out unharmed and was buried by Christians
. Some of his [[relics]] may be found at the [[Putna Monastery (Bucovina, Romania)]], as well as in the Ss. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Constanţa, Romania. His head is located either on the island of Andros at the [[Panachrantos Monastery (Andros)|Panachrantos monastery]]<ref>[http://www.im-syrou.gr/nisia/andros/enories/nikolaos_ormoskorthiou/index.htm Ιερός Ναός του Αγίου Νικολάου] (Greek)</ref> <ref>[ http://www.indigoguide.com/greece/andros-day-trips.htm Andros Day Trips Greece - Greek Travel] </ref> or at [[ St. Panteleimon's Monastery ( Athos) |St. Panteleimon's Monastery]] on [[Mount Athos]]. <ref>[http://www.heritage.sleeplion.org/en/news.html The blessed gifts are handed to blind children] December 16, 2005. </ref>
"St. Panteleimon is invoked in the prayers at the blessing of water and the blessing of oil, together with St. Hermolaus and the other unmercenaries and [[wonder-worker]]s."<ref>[http://www.fatheralexander.org/booklets/english/saints/panteleimon.htm Great Martyr and Healer Panteleimon]</ref> There is an [[Akathist]] hymn in his honor.
[[Apolytikion]] ([[Tone]] 3)<ref>[http://goarch.org
/en/chapel/saints .asp?contentid=143 Panteleimon the Great Martyr] ([[GOARCH]])</ref>
:Panteleimon, saintly champion and healer,
:[[intercession|intercede]] with our merciful God to grant our souls remission of sins.