Thursday, June 25, 2009

St. Evdokimos the Newly-revealed of Vatopedi

St. Evdokimos the Righteous, Newly-revealed, of Vatopedi Monastery, and the finding of his sacred relic - Commemorated on October 5/18 (source)

St. Evdokimos lived as a good servant in the Holy Monastery of Vatopedi. His real name (monastic or baptismal) is unknown, and the name "Evdokimos" ["Good Servant" or "Pleasing One", in Greek] was given after the finding of his Sacred relics. It is also not known in which era he lived, which was his homeland, or what were his ascetical feats. His holy life was only known from the uncovering of his holy relics in the old cemetary of the Holy Monastery of Vatopedi on Mount Athos. When the Holy relic was found, it bore a divine fragrance, and the uncovering occured on October 5th 1840. [His holy remains were also found clutching an icon of the Theotokos, seen in the icon below. Also, because the Monasteries of Mount Athos follow the Old Calendar, his feast is celebrated on October 18th in the Monastery of Vatopedi.]

"It is conjectured that he was a holy man who did not desire to be remembered, and so he crept off to hide among the bones of the deceased monks and die."

See the following link for a more detailed account:

The Holy Skull of St. Evdokimos the Righteous of Vatopedi (source)

Icon of St. Evdokimos the Righteous of Vatopedi (source)

Τους ασπαζομένους σου ευλαβώς, σορόν των λειψάνων, και τελούντας σου την φαιδράν, μνήμην περιφρούρει, από πάσης ανάγκης, Ευδόκιμε τρισμάκαρ, αξιοθαύμαστε.
Megalynarion of St. Evdokimos the Newly-revealed
Those who piously embrace the treasury of your relics, and joyfully celebrate your memory, shelter from every danger, O Evdokimos thrice-blessed, O most admirable one.
Apolytikion for an Ascetic - Plagal of the 4th Tone
With the rivers of your tears, you have made the barren desert fertile. Through sighs of sorrow from deep within you, your labors have borne fruit a hundred-fold. By your miracles you have become a light, shining upon the world. O Evdokimos, our Holy Father, pray to Christ our God, to save our souls.

St. Evdokimos of Vatopedi (source)
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!


Agioi_Anargyroi said...

I deleted the comment made here because it bore no relevance to any subject matter in this post.

Manny Anthou said...

Aonia H Mnhmh aftos O Aghios