Commemorated on January 4
ArchBishop of Serbia, lived in the second half of the XIII Century, during
the reign of the Serbian king Stefan Urosh (1262-1320).
He was born in the
Budimil'sk district into a pious Christian family, where he received a
spiritual upbringing. Distinguished by remarkable talents, the youth Evstathii
was given over by his parents for training in "book wisdom". With
particular diligence he studied Holy Scripture, perfecting himself in piety and
good deeds. Having finished his education, the youth took vows at the monastery
of the Archangel Michael in the Zetsk district (Chernogore) and led a strict
monastic life, such that he soon became noted as a great ascetic. From thence
he undertook a journey to Jerusalem, for veneration to the Holy Sepulchre of
the Lord. On the return journey he visited Holy Mount Athos and settled there
in the Serbian Khilendaria monastery.
The monk Evstathii
gained general reknown and love as a strict ascetic and good teacher, and he
was advanced to the dignity of hegumen of the monastery.
After several years
they ordained him bishop of the Zetsk diocese, and the saint returned to his
native land. Rich spiritual experience and monastic life won him the love of
his fellow countrymen, and Saint Evstathii was chosen to the throne of the
archbishops of Serbia, successors of Saint Sava. For seven years Sainted
Evstathii guided the Serbian Church and peacefully died about the year 1285.
His body was buried in the Zhidocha monastery, and later it was transferred to
Pesh (Pech) and placed in the cathedral church of the Holy Apostles Peter and
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.