Commemorated on February 7
Parthenias, Bishop of Lampsaka, was a native of the city of Melitopolis
(Asia Minor), where his father Christopher served as deacon. The youth was not
learned at grammar, but he well assimilated the Holy Scripture by being present
in church for Divine-services. He possessed a good heart, and the money he
earned working as a fisherman he distributed to the poor. Filled with the grace
of God, Saint Parthenias from age 18 in the Name of Christ healed the sick,
cast out demons and worked other miracles. Learning about the virtuous life of
the youth, the Melitopolis bishop Philip gave him an education and ordained him
presbyter. In the year 325 during the reign of Constantine the Great, the
Kysikhos archbishop Achilles made him bishop of the city of Lampsaka (Asia
Minor). In the city were many pagans, and the saint fervently began to spread
the faith in Christ, affirming it by the will of God through many miracles and
healings of the sick. The people began to forsake their pagan manners of
belief, and the saint then went to the emperor Constantine the Great with a
petition to tear down the idolous pagan-temple and build in its place a
Christian church. The emperor received the saint with honour, gave him the
edict for the destruction of the pagan-temple, and furnished him means for the
building of a church. Returning to Lampsaka, Saint Parthenias gave orders to
tear down the idolous pagan-temple and to erect amidst the city a beautiful
church of God.
Having found in one
of the torn-down temples a large stone suitable to be made the holy altar-table
in the church, the saint gave orders to set to work about it and move it for
the construction of the church. Through the malice of the devil, which became
enraged at the removal of the stone from the pagan-temple, the cart overturned
and killed the driver Eutykhion. Saint Parthenias restored him to life by his
prayer and shamed the devil, who wanted to frustrate the work of God.
The kindly saint was
so great, that he refused healing to no one of the multitude coming to him or
who chanced to meet him by the wayside, whether suffering bodily illnesses or
afflicted with unclean spirits. People even stopped going to physicians, since
Saint Parthenias healed all the sick for free, in the Name of the Lord Jesus
Christ. With the great power of the Name of Christ the saint banished an host
of demons from people, from their homes, and from the waters of the sea. When
the saint cast out a devil from a certain man, who had been afflicted by it
since childhood, the unclean spirit began to implore the saint to give him
another place of habitation. The saint promised to indicate such a place and,
having opened his mouth, said to the demon: "Come and dwell in me".
The demon, as though stung by fire, cried out: "How canst I go into the
house of God?", and vanished off into places desolate and untrodden. An
unclean spirit, cast out from the house where the imperial porphyry-dye was
prepared, cried out for everyone to hear, that a Divine fire was pursuing him
with the fire of Gehenna.
Thus, have shown
people the great power of faith in Christ, the saint converted a multitude of
idol-worshippers to the true God.
Saint Parthenias died
peacefully and was solemnly buried alongside the cathedral church of Lampsaka,
in a chapel built by him.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.