Saint Spyridon

Saint Spyridon 

Saint Spyridon (Salaminski) miracle worker, was born at the end of the III century on the island of Cyprus. In his childhood, Saint Spyridon pastured sheep and led a life pure and pious. Emulate the righteous David - his gentleness, Jacob heart with your kindness to Abraham for his love of wandering. In adulthood, Saint Spyridon became the father of a family. His extraordinary friendliness and sincere sympathy attracted many people: the homeless found shelter in his house, strangers - food and rest. For constant reference to God and his good deeds, God gave the saint blessed gifts of insight, healing the sick and expelling evil spirits.

After his wife's death, during the reign of Constantine the Great (324-337) and his son Constantius (337-361), Saint Spyridon was elected bishop of the city Trimifunta. Sanat bishop did not change his lifestyle, which combined the pastoral service with deeds of mercy. According to church historians, St. Spyridon in the 325th participated in the activity of I-st ​​Ecumenical Council. During the Festival, the saint entered into a dispute with the Greek philosopher who defended Aryan heresy (Alexandria priest Arius denied the divinity and eternal birth of God, Father, Son and teaches that Christ is the only supreme creation). Simple speech of Saint Spyridon showed all the weakness of human wisdom to divine wisdom. As a result of talks with the enemy of Christianity, Saint Spyridon became a fervent advocate and receive Baptism. During the same Synod, Saint Spyridon Arians showed visual evidence of unity in the Holy Trinity. He took a brick in his hand and squeeze it. Instantly fire erupted vagore, water flowed down a brick standing in the hands of a miracle worker. "Here are the three elements, and the brick is one - then said Saint Spyridon, so is the Holy Trinity - three persons and Godhead - one." In the face of Saint Spyridon congregation discovered a loving father. During the prolonged drought and famine in Cyprus, through the prayer of the saint, the rains came and stopped the disaster. Goodness saint combine rigor with the people who were unworthy. Through his prayer he was punished mercy dealer bread and poor peasants were saved from hunger and poverty. Envious slandered friend of the saint was imprisoned and sentenced to death. The saint hastened to the rescue, but his path was blocked by a copious flow. Remembering how Jesus passed through the overflowing Jordan saint with a firm belief in the omnipotence of God prayed and flow retired. Along with his companions, unwilling witnesses of the miracle of Saint Spyridon passed over on dry ground to the other side. Warned about the incident, the judge greeted the saint with honor and freed an innocent man. Many miracles created Saint Spyridon. Once in service, the oil lamp was burning oil and it started fading. The saint is bitter, but the Lord comforted him and lamp miraculously filled with oil. Known case in which Saint Spyridon entered the an empty church, ordered to light the lamps and candles, and began worship. Proclaiming "Peace to all", he and the deacon heard from above in response to extremely many voices proclaiming: "And with your spirit." The choir was magnificent. Every prayer the invisible choir sang "Lord, have mercy." Attracted by the singing coming from the church, the people who were nearby rushed to get into it. As we near the church, wonderful singing more and more soothing and full heart. But when you get into the church, not seen anyone except the bishop and several church officials not already heard heavenly singing, which dropped in amazement. The saint healed very sick Emperor Constantius speaking with his deceased daughter Irina, already prepared for burial. One day a woman came to him with her dead child in her arms, begging for help saint. After prayer, the saint returned the baby to life. Mother stunned with joy, fell lifeless. But the prayer of the saint back to God and the life of the mother. The whole life of the saint strikes with amazing simplicity and power of miracles, provided by the Lord. For the life of Saint Spyridon are preserved evidence of church historians IV-V century - Socrates, Sozomen and Rufin. It is known as the life of Saint Spyridon, written in iambic verse of his student Trifilem.

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