The Monk Neophytes of Batopedeia
Commemorated on January 21
The Monk Neophytes of Batopedeia was a church warden at the Batopedeia monastery at Athos. One time, having fallen grievously ill, he turned with intense prayer to the Most Holy Mother of God, asking for healing, and he heard a voice from the icon of the Mother of God: "A year of life is given thee, so as to prepare for death". The miraculously healed Neophytes intensified his monastic efforts, preparing himself for the exodus from earthly life. After a year on one of the Sundays, when he was preparing himself to receive the Holy Mysteries of Christ, he again heard the voice from the icon of the Mother of God, that the time of his end was already come, and after communing the Holy Mysteries he expired peacefully to the Lord.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.