Commemorated on April 6
The Nun Platonida
was at first a deaconess, but afterwards withdrew into the Niziba wilderness,
where she organised a women's monastery.
The ustav / rule of
her monastery was distinguished for its strictness. The sisters partook of food
only once a day. During their free-time from prayer they spent the time in
monastic works and various obediences, usually of manual labour. On Fridays, the
day commemorating the sufferings of Christ the Saviour on the Cross, all work
stopped, and the monastics from morning until evening were in temple, where in
the intervals between services they did readings from Holy Scripture and its
The Nun Platonida was
for all the sisters a living example of strict monastic ascetic deed, meekness,
and love for neighbour. Having reached extreme old age, the Nun Platonida died
peacefully in the year 308.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.