Commemorated on February 6
The Monk Bukolos,
Bishop of Smyrna, was a disciple of the holy Apostle and Evangelist John
the Theologian, and was established by him as the first bishop of the Smyrna
Church (Asia Minor).
By the grace of God, Saint
Bukolos converted to Christ and baptised many of the pagans, and as an
experienced and wise guide he defended his flock from the darkness of heresy.
He died at peace in about the years 100-105. He passed his flock on to
Saint Polycarp (Comm. 23 February), one of the apostolic fathers, who
likewise was a disciple of the holy Apostle John the Theologian. At the grave
of Saint Bukolos grew a myrtle tree, which healed the sick.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.