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Zenaida and Philonilla of Tarsus in Cilicia

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{{Cleanup}}{{Style}}THE HOLY UNMERCENARY PHYSICIANS ZENAIDA AND PHILONELLAThe Holy [[Unmercenary]] physicians, THE FRIENDS OF PEACE'''Zenaida and Philonella''', the ''Friends of Peace'', are remembered by the Church on [[October 11]].
October 11th==Lives==Their relationships with their cousins Ss. [[Apostle Paul|Paul]] the Apostle and [[Apostle Jason|Jason]] the [[Bishop]] of Tarsus opened the avenue to learn about Orthodoxy. Ss. Zenaida and Philonella were sisters born into a prominent Jewish family in Tarsus. Being extremely intelligent they advanced their education at the highest learning centers of Tarsus engaging in studies of philosophy and medicine.
As a board member on Having learned the Christian faith from St. Jason, Ss. Zenaida and Philonella were attracted by the healthcare committee love and compassion of Christ. After their [[baptism]], the two gave themselves over more fully to the Orthodox study of medicine and began to apply Christian mission Center I sometime ask myself if what my committee does with the other committees really make any differenceprinciples and ideas to medical philosophy. The answer to this shortsighted question sometimes does not come right awayThey understood that salvation is a healing process. Sometimes however it come from reading They realized Christ's message supplied the tools for the lives healing of the Saints whole person, spiritual and physical, with the relationships they have with goal of reaching the laity that eventually allows for God’s work to be doneheavenly kingdom.
Such is Upon completing their studies, Ss. Zenaida and Philonella moved to Thessally, where many medicinal mineral springs flowed in the case caverns of the Felion Mountains. Here, Greek physicians had centers of pagan worship tied to the unmercenary Saints Zenaida philosophy of medicine and Philonellathe worship of Asklepios, the patron of healing. Their relationships earnest desire was to combine scientific medicine with their cousins St Paul prayer and faith and so reveal the Apostle nature of salvation and St James proclaim [[Jesus Christ]] to whomever would hear the Bishop words of Tarsus opened the avenue to learn about Orthodoxyglorious [[Gospel]]. Saints Zenaida and Philonella were The holy sisters born into a prominent Jewish family in Tarsus. Being extremely intelligent they advanced hoped their education at example would bring the highest learning centers gospel of tarsus engaging in studies Jesus Christ to the great crowds of philosophy people who visited them for physical healing and medicinethus address the aspects of spiritual healing as well.
Having learned Many of the Christian Faith from Saint Jasonpagan physicians, Saints Zenaida and Philonella were attracted by to the love and compassion disgrace of Christ After their baptismHippocratic oath, not only ignored the poor but also sought out the care for the wealthy, mixing their medical practice with magic, superstition and witchcraft. Finding a cavern with a mineral spring, Zenaida and Philonella built two gave cells and a small [[chapel]] for themselves over more fully . Having thus established a women's [[monastery]], they used their wealth to create a clinic. The two sisters then opened their hearts to the study of medicine poor. The sisters' love, compassion, and began openness to apply Christian principles the poor and ideas humble attracted many to the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ. The medical philosophy. They understood that salvation is a healing process. They realized Christ’s message supplied the tools for the healing skill of the whole persontwo sisters became renowned, spiritual and physical, with the goal of reaching [[miracle]]s worked through their prayers established many in the Heavenly Kingdomgospel.
Upon completing their studies Saints Zenaida St. Philonella was a patient and Philonella moved to Thessally, where many medicinal mineral springs flowed in the caverns of the Felion Mountainscareful scholar. HereAn astute observer, Greek physicians had centers of pagan worship tied to the philosophy of medicine and the worship of Asklepios, the patron of healing. Their earnest desire was to combine she approached patient care as scientific medicine with prayer and faith and so reveal the nature of salvation and proclaim Jesus Christ to whoever would hear the words of the glorious Gospel. The holy sisters hoped their example would bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ She labored to free healthcare from the great crowds idea of people who visited them for physical healing magic, astrology, and thus address the aspects of spiritual healing as wellsuperstition.
Many of the pagan physicians, to the disgrace of their Hippocratic oath, not only ignored the poor but also sought out the care for the wealthy, mixing their medical practice with magic, superstition and witchcraftSt. Finding a cavern with a mineral spring, Zenaida and Philonella built two cells and a small chapel for themselves. Having thus established a women's monastery, they used their wealth to create a clinic. The two sisters then opened their hearts to the poor. The sisters' love, compassion and openness to the poor and humble attracted many to the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ. The medical skill of the two sisters became renowned, and the miracles worked through their prayers established many in the Gospel.Saint Philonella was a patient and careful scholar. An astute observer she approached patient care as scientific medicine. She labored to free healthcare from the idea of magic, astrology and superstition.Saint Zenaida, on the other hand, was more thoughtful. She was keenly interested in the suffering of children and worked to develop pediatric care. Her first love was [[monasticism]]. She became a spiritual [[elder ]] for both men and women. She touched three of her spiritual children, Papias, Pateras , and Philocyrus who built a men's monastery not far from the cavern-hospital of the holy sisters.Toward the end of her life, Saint Zenaida became interested in psychiatric medicine. Many of those who came to the hospital suffered from severe depression and other psychiatric illnesses. Zenaida had the wisdom to recognize these as actual illnesses and concerned herself with their causes and cure. It is not known in what year Saint Zenaida departed this life, but she left her sister Saint Philonella to carry on their work and instruct others in medicine and the faith. After the death of her beloved sister, Philonella entered more deeply into spiritual life, leaving the treatment and care of patients more and more to the students and other nuns. She also became renowned as a wonderworker and reposed in peace and at a great age.
The Holy Church bestowed Toward the titleend of her life, "Friends St. Zenaida became interested in psychiatric medicine. Many of Peace" on those who came to the hospital suffered from severe depression and other psychiatric illnesses. Zenaida had the two saints because they both preached wisdom to recognize these as actual illnesses and practiced peaceconcerned herself with their causes and cure. It is not known in what year St. Zenaida departed this life, serenity and charitybut she left her sister St. Philonella often said that a peaceful to carry on their work and serene disposition could not only aid instruct others in healing but could even prevent illnessmedicine and the faith. For After the death of herbeloved sister, Philonella entered more deeply into spiritual life, leaving the source treatment and care of true peace was patients more and more to the Holy Spirit students and the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peaceother [[nun]]s. The disciples of Saint Zenaida reported that her last words She also became renowned as a [[wonderworker]] and reposed in this life were peace and at a prayer for the peace of the worldgreat age.
==Friends of Peace==The Holy Church bestowed the title, "Friends of Peace" on the two [[saint]]s because they both preached and practiced peace, serenity, and charity. Philonella often said that a peaceful and serene disposition could not only aid in healing but could even prevent illness. For her, the source of true peace was the [[Holy Spirit]] and the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace. The [[disciple]]s of St. Zenaida reported that her last words in this life were a [[prayer]] for the peace of the world. Christian medicine began with holy women. Not only were Saints Ss. Zenaida and Philonella the first Christian doctors (after [[Apostle Luke]]), but also they were the first of those saints whom we call "unmercenary physicians.". Saints Zenaida and Philonella are commemorated on [[October 11th11]]. ==External links==*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsLife.asp?FSID=102939 Martyr Zenaida (Zenais) of Tarsus, in Cilicia] - [[OCA]] Website*[http://www.stgeorge.me.goarch.org/Oct2008Messenger.pdf Saints Zenaida and Philonilla October 11] [[Category:Saints]][[Category:Ante-Nicene Saints]][[Category:Unmercenaries]][[Category:1st-century saints]]

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