25 August 2010

Sainted Minos, Patriarch of Constantinople

From the Synaxarion:

Sainted Minos, Patriarch of Constantinople (536-552), was at first a priest at Constantinople and supervisor there for the homeless-shelter, home of the holy Monk Sampson the Hospitable-to-Strangers, during the reign of Saint Justinian I (527-565). After the removal of the heretic Anthymos (535-536), the holy presbyter Minos was elevated upon the Constantinople patriarchal throne as one worthy to be bishop for his profound virtue and firm confession of Orthodoxy. His ordination was done by the Pope of Rome Agapitus (535-536) who then at the time was in Constantinople. During the time of the patriarchate of Saint Minos there occurred a miracle in Constantinople, widely known to all the city:

A certain Jewish boy went with other children to church and he communed the Holy Mysteries of Christ. At home he told his father about this. In a terrible rage he seized the child and threw him into a red-hot oven (this Jewish man was a glass-blower by trade). He said nothing to his wife. The mother for three days in tears searched for her son; loudly she called for him, and finally on the third day he emerged from the red-hot oven. With difficulty she pulled out the child, who was unharmed. The boy told her that a Most Radiant Lady had there come to him, and She cooled down the fire and brought water and food. This incident became known to Saint Minos and the emperor Justinian I. The boy and his mother received baptism, but the father of the child became obdurate and did not wish to repent, in spite of the great miracle to which he was a witness. Then the emperor handed him over for trial as a child-killer and sentenced him to death by execution. The holy Patriarch Minos ruled the Constantinople Church for 16 years. During the time of his patriarchate at Constantinople, the famous temple in honour of Saint Sophia the Wisdom of God was consecrated. The saint died peacefully in the year 552.

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