Sainted Modestos, Archbishop of Jerusalem
Commemorated on December 18
Archbishop of Jerusalem, was born into a Christian family in Cappadocian
Sebasteia (Asia Minor). From his youthful years he felt a strong attraction
towards strict monastic life. Saint Modestos accepted monastic tonsure.
Afterwards he became head of the monastery of Saint Theodosios the Great
(founded in the IV Century) in Palestine. At this time (the year 614), military
forces of the Persian emperor Chosroes fell upon Syria and Palestine, killing
90 thousand Christians and laying waste the Christian churches. The Jerusalem
Patriarch Zakharias and a multitude of Christians together with the Cross of
the Lord was taken into captivity. Saint Modestos was entrusted to temporarily
govern the Jerusalem Church in the capacity of locum tenens of the patriarchal
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.