Sainted Stephen the Confessor, Archbishop of Surozh
Commemorated on December 15
Stephen the Confessor, Archbishop of Surozh, was a native of Cappadocia and
was educated at Constantinople. Having taken monastic vows, he withdrew into
the wilderness, where he passed the time for 30 years in ascetic deeds.
Patriarch Germanos, through some particular revelation, ordained him bishop of
the city of Surozh (presently the city of Sudak in the Crimea). Under the
iconoclast emperor Leo III the Isaurian (716-741), Saint Stephen underwent
tortures and imprisonment in Constantinople, from which he emerged after the
death of the emperor. Already quite advanced in years, he returned to his flock
in Surozh, where he died.
There is preserved an account how, at the beginning of the IX Century during the time of a campaign into the Crimea, and influenced by miracles at the crypt of the saint, the Russian prince Bravlin accepted Baptism.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.