The Monk Hesykhios the Fast-Keeper
Commemorated on March 5
The Monk Hesykhios
the Fast-Keeper was born in the sea-coast city of Adrineia in Bithynia.
Raised since his youth in piety, he left his parental home and asceticised in a
wilderness spot on Mount Maionis. Despite the threat of demons and wild animals
and robbers living there, the holy ascetic in seeking greater solitude settled
there and built himself a cell, digging himself a garden and eating from the
fruit of his labours. After a certain while disciples began to throng to him.
At a spring of water in a valley not far off Saint Hesykhios built a church in
the name of the holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called. Even during his lifetime
the monk was granted the gift of wonderworking. One time they brought a
demon-possessed girl to him. Her parents, falling down at the feet of the holy
ascetic, implored his holy prayers for her healing. The holy ascetic made
prayer for the unfortunate one, and the devils left her. Turning to the parents
of the healed girl, the Monk Hesykhios prophetically predicted, that a women's
holy monastery would arise at the place their daughter was healed. And actually
the prophecy was fulfilled in the future.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.