St. Hypatius, St. Jonah, Martyr Audas and Venerable Apollonius

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1. THE PRIESTLY-MARTYR HYPATIUS THE BISHOP OF GANGRA

St. Hypatius with scenes from his life. Russian icon of the first half of the 15th century. Moscow, Tretyakov Gallery.

St. Hypatius with scenes from his life. Russian icon of the first half of the 15th century. Moscow, Tretyakov Gallery.

Hypatius was born in Cilicia and was the bishop of Gangra. He was present at the First Ecumenical Council [Nicaea, 325. A.D.] and was renowned throughout because of his pious and saintly life and his miracle-working. The Emperor Constantius ordered that a likeness of Hypatius be made during the saint’s lifetime. The emperor kept this likeness in his palace as a weapon against all adverse powers. Once upon returning from Constantinople, Hypatius was attacked in a narrow gorge by Novatian heretics and, along with others, was hurled to the ground in mud. At that moment a woman from that group struck him in the head with a stone and, thus, the saint died. Immediately that woman went insane and took that same stone and struck herself with it. When they took her to the grave of St. Hypatius, he interceded before God on her behalf. She was healed by the great compassionate soul of Hypatius and lived the remainder of her life in repentance and prayer. St. Hypatius died and took up habitation in the eternal Kingdom of Christ the God, in the year 326 A.D. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »