Commemorated on April 6
Archbishop of Constantinople, was born in a village bearing the name
"Divine" in the province of Phrygia. His father, Alexander, was a
soldier, and his mother Synesia – was the daughter of the Augustopolis priest
Isichias. Saint Eutykhios received the first rudiments of his education and a
Christian upbringing from his grandfather the priest. Once during the time of a
childhood game the boy wrote his own name with the title of Patriarch and by
this seemed to predict his future service. He was sent off to Constantinople at
age 12 for continuing further education. The youth persevered in his study of
science and realised, that human wisdom – is nothing in comparison to the
study of Divine Revelation. He decided to dedicate himself to monastic life.
Saint Eutykhios withdrew into one of the Amasian monasteries and in it accepted
the Angelic order. For his strict life he was made archimandrite of all the
Amasian monasteries, and in 552 was appointed to the Patriarchal throne.
When the V
OEcumenical Council prepared to assemble during the reign of the holy nobleborn
emperor Justinian (527-565), the metropolitan of Amasia was ill and he sent in
his place Saint Eutykhios. At Constantinople the aged Patriarch Saint Minas
(536-552; Comm. 25 August) beheld Blessed Eutykhios and predicted that he would
be the next Patriarch. After the death of the holy Patriarch Minas, the Apostle
Peter appeared in a vision to the emperor Justinian and, pointing his hand at
Eutykhios, said: "Let he be made your bishop".
At the very beginning
of his patriarchal service, Saint Eutykhios convened the V OEcumenical Council
(553), at which the fathers condemned the heresies cropping up and pronounced
them anathema. However, after several years there arose a new heresy in the
Church, Aphthartodocetism (asartodoketai) or "imperishability" –
which taught that the flesh of Christ, before His death on the Cross and
resurrection, was imperishable and not capable of suffering.
vigourously denounced this heresy, but the emperor Justinian himself inclined
towards it, and turned his wrath upon the saint. By order of the emperor,
soldiers seized hold of the saint within the temple, tore off from him his
patriarchal vestments, and sent him off into exile to an Amasian monastery
The saint bore his
banishment with meekness, and dwelt at the monastery in fasting and prayer, and
he worked many miracles and healings.
Thus, through his
prayer the wife of a pious man, Androgenes, who before having borne to light
only dead infants, now gave birth to two sons who lived to reach years of
maturity. Two deaf-mutes received the gift of speech; and two little children,
grievously ill, he restored to health. The saint healed a cancerous ulcer on
the hand of an artist. The saint healed also another artist, anointing his
diseased hand with oil and making over it the sign of the cross. The saint
healed not only bodily, but also spiritual afflictions: he banished the devil
out of a girl that had kept her from Holy Communion; he banished the devil out
of a youth who had fled off from a monastery (after which the youth returned to
his monastery); he healed a drunken leper, who – cleansed of his leprosy,
During the time of an
invasion by the Persians into Amasia and its widespread devastation for the
inhabitants – by order of the saint, they distributed grain to the hungry from
the monastic granaries – and the stores of grain at the monastery, through his
prayers, were not depleted.
received of God a gift of prophecy: thus, he indicated the names of two
successors to emperor Justinian – Justin (565-578) and Tiberias (578-582).
After the death of
the holy Patriarch John Scholastikos, Saint Eutykhios returned to the cathedra
in 577 after his 12 year exile, and he again wisely ruled his flock.
Four and an half
years after his return to the Patriarchal throne, Saint Eutykhios on Thomas
Sunday 582 gathered together all his clergy, gave them a blessing and in peace
expired to the Lord.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.