The Monk Bessarion, Wonderworker of Egypt
Commemorated on June 6
Bessarion, Wonderworker of Egypt, by descent an Egyptian, was baptised
while still in his youth and he led a strict life, striving to preserve the
grace given him during Baptism. Seeking to become more closely acquainted with
the monastic life, he undertook a journey to the holy places, – he was in
Jerusalem, he visited the Monk Gerasimos (Comm. 4 March) in the Jordanian
wilderness, he viewed other monastic wilderness-monasteries, and assimilated
all the rules of monastic life. Upon his return, he accepted monastic tonsure
and became a disciple of the Monk Isidor Pelusiotes (Comm. 4 February).
Saint Bessarion took upon himself a vow of silence, he partook of food only
once a week, and sometimes he remained without food or drink for 40 days. There
was an instance when the monk, immersed in prayer, stood motionless for 40 days
and 40 nights without food or sleep.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.