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Euthymius the Great

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{{cleanup}}[[Image:StEuthymiusTheGreat.jpg|thumb|right|St. Euthymius the great: 17th c. painting on wood at [[Dionysiou Monastery]], [[Mount Athos|Mt. Athos]]]] Our great and [[venerable]] father '''Euthymius''' (sometimes spelled Euthymios or Efthymios) was a monastic who lived in the latter 4th and the 5th centuries. The Church celebrates his [[feastday]] [[January 20]].
Euthymius was born during the reign of king Gratian in 377 A.D. He came from Melitine in [[Church of Armenia|Armenia]] (now Makatya, Turkey), and was the son of pious and faithful parents called Paul and Dionysia.
[[ImageThough Euthymius' mother was barren, his parents prayed fervently to God to grant them a child. Then they had a vision:StEuthymiusTheGreat.jpg|thumb|right|St. Euthymius they heard the great: 17th c. painting on wood at voice of an [[Dionysiou Monastery]], [[Mount Athosangels|Mt. Athosangel]]]] Our great and [[venerable]] father '''Euthymiuswho told them to be cheerful because with the child''' (sometimes spelled Euthymios or Efthymios - s birth every [[feastdayheresy]] was going to be abolished and universal peace was going to be granted to the [[January 20Church]]) was born during the reign of king Gratian in 377 AGod.D. He came from Melitine in For this reason this [[Church of Armenia|Armeniasaint]] was called Euthymius (now Makatya, Turkeymeaning ''good cheer''), and was the son of pious and faithful parents, who were called Paul and Dionysia.
As [[John the Forerunner]] had been born of a barren mother so this venerable Euthymius was born of a sterile woman and received the name Euthymius from [[God]] before even being born. His parents were praying to God to grant them a child. So, they heard the voice of an Angel who told them to be jolly and cheerful or rather that not only his parents but all should be jolly and cheerful, because with the child's birth every [[heresy]] was going to be abolished and universal peace was going to be granted to the [[Church]] of God. So, for this reason this [[saint]] was called Euthymius (bringer of jollity). Since When the saint's father died, his mother offered him to Eutrojos, [[bishop]] of Melitine, by whom he was counted with the order of clerics. Because he was clever at studying the holy things of God intelligent in his studies and surpassed all the virtuous men in virtue and [[asceticism]], he was forced to be ordained a [[priest]] and accept to look after the holy [[hermitage]]s and [[Monastery|monasteries]]. When he was twenty-nine years old, he went to [[Jerusalem]] and lived with St. [[Theoctistus|Theoktistos]] in a cave on the mountain. While he was there, St. Euthymius liberated many men from the terrible chains of disease.
They also say that this saint fed four hundred men, who had come to the monastery, with very few loaves of bread. Moreover, not only did he break his mother's sterility and was bornthrough his birth, but also through [[prayer]] he proved even made other barren and childless women to be fruitful and able to give birth to many children. He also opened the gates of heavenHeaven, as great [[Elijah]] had done, and brought bringing rain with which he cured the earth which was only giving poor cropduring a period of drought. The Once a column of light, which was seen descending from Heaven by the by-standers coming down from heaven while the saint was celebrating the [[Eucharist|bloodless sacrifice]], made the internal brightness of divine Euthymius' soul known as it . This light shone over the saint till until he ended completed the [[Liturgy]]. A further sign and proof of the perfect purity and [[chastity]] of the saint was that he could spiritually see with the perceptive eye of his soul the mood and the condition of those souls which were approaching when they approached to receive the [[Holy Communion]], i.e., he could see who approached with a clean conscience and who with a spotted one.
When he Another story about St. Euthymius' clairvoyance involves a [[monk]] who was ninety-six years old he depared about to the Lord in 473 Adie.D., after establishing religious communities throughout Palestine. He had This monk outwardly appeared to be a graceful kind of face prudent and moderate saint, but in his soul heart he was simple lecherous and easy imtemperate because he allowed his labors to reachbe sweetened with shameful thoughts. He was So, when this monk at the point of death, blessed Euthymius saw an angel taking the soul of white colour and according to his age and his body's stature he was respectable and [[Humility|humble]]that miserable monk by force, using a three-pronged spear. He had white hair Immediately the saint also heard a voice revealing all the hidden and a long beard which reached as far down as his thighsshameful thoughts of that dying monk.
They also say this about St. When Euthymius: Once a [[monk]] was about to dieninety-six years old (in A.D. This monk outwardly appeared and was thought by many to be a prudent and abstemious saint but in his heart he was lecherous and imtemperate473), because he used depared to accept and be sweetened with shameful thoughts. So, when this monk was about to die, as we have already said, blessed Euthymius saw an [[Angel]] breaking off and taking the soul of that miserable monk by force with a three-pronged spear which he heldLord. Immediately the saint also heard a voice revealing all the hidden and shameful thoughts of that dying monkHe had established religious communities throughout Palestine.
==Sources and further reading==
* [ Saint Euthymius The Great -- Encyclopædia Britannica (subscription - free trial available)]
* [ Icon of St. Euthymius (]
* [ [[OCA]]'s life of Euthymius]

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