Commemorated on November 7
The Monk Lazaros
of Galiseia was born in Lydia, in the city of Magnesium. As a youth
educated and loving God, Lazaros became a monk at the monastery of Saint Sava,
the founder of great ascetic piety in Palestine. The monk spent ten years
within the walls of the monastery, winning the love and respect of the brethren
for his intense monastic effort.
Ordained presbyter by
the Jerusalem Patriarch, the Monk Lazaros returned to his native country and
settled not far from Ephesus, on desolate Mount Galiseia. Here he was granted a
wondrous vision: a fiery pillar, rising up to the heavens, was encircled by
Angels, singing: "Let God arise and let His enemies be scattered". On
the place where this vision appeared to the saint, he built a church in honour
of the Resurrection of Christ and took upon himself the feat of
pillar-dwelling. Monks soon began to flock to the great ascetic, thirsting for
wise spiritual nourishment by the Divinely-inspired word and blessed example of
the saint. Thus arose a monastery.
Having received a
revelation about his impeding end, the monk related this to the brethren, but
through the tearful prayers of all, the Lord prolonged the earthly life of
Saint Lazaros for another 15 years.
The Monk Lazaros died
at 72 years of age, in the year 1053. The brethren buried the body of the saint
at the pillar, upon which he had pursued asceticism. The saint was glorified by
many miracles after his death.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.