Saint Stephen (Stefan) Schilyanovich
Commemorated on October 4
(Stefan) Schilyanovich was born into a pious Christian family in the
Serbian city of Zhupa (south side of Zakholm'ya). During this time Serbia was
often subjected to incursions by the Turks, who devastated the land. Saint
Stephen defended his native-land, doing military service in the army of the
Serbian ruler. When famine began in the country, the kindly Saint Stephen
distributed his own bread to the hungry. The patriotic activity of the saintly
soldier was indissolubly bound up with his truly Christian life. He "ever
aceticised in virtues, to wit: charity, purity, prayer, the Orthodox faith and
unhypocritical love towards neighbour". The saint expired to the Lord on 4
October 1515. After a certain while the Turks saw over his grave a light.
Thinking, that here was hidden treasure, they broke open the grave and found
the incorrupt body of Saint Stephen. Serbian monks ransomed the relics from the
Turkish pasha and transferred them to the Shishatovets monastery on Mount
As a glorious righteous defender of his native-land, the Serbian Church prays thus to him: "Glory in the struggles, warrior Stefan Schilyanovich, great healer of those having recourse to thee in faith".
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.