Commemorated on July 1
The Monk Peter
was born at the end of the VIII Century at Constantinople into a patrician
family. During the reign of the Byzantine emperor Nicephorus (802-811) Peter
was appointed as a military-commander and participated in the campaigns of the
Greek army against Bulgaria. In one of the battles the Greeks suffered a
set-back. The emperor was mortally wounded, and Peter amidst many other
soldiers was taken captive.
One time by night,
during a time of fervent prayer, the holy Evangelist John the Theologian
appeared to him in a vision and released him from captivity. Having returned to
Constantinople, Saint Peter left the world and withdrew into a monastery on
Mount Olympos (Asia Minor) and became a monk. There he passed his time in
constant ascetic efforts for 34 years under the guidance of the Monk Joannikios
the Great (Comm. 4 November). The Monk Peter spent the whole time of his
monastic life in strict fast and constant vigil, he wore a prickly hair-shirt
and went about bare of foot. He lived the final 8 years of his life at
Constantinople, where he founded a church and a monastery in the name of Saint
The Monk Peter died
in his seventieth year of life (+ 854) and was buried in his monastery.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.