Commemorated on February 18
the Confessor, Bishop of Synada, was born in Cappadocia during the reign of
the emperors Diocletian (284-305) and Maximian (284-305). His parents were
Christians. From his youthful years he yearned for the monastic life and so he
entered a monastery, where he asceticised in fasting, prayers and service to
all the brethren of the monastery.
The Lord granted
Saint Agapitos the gift of wonderworking. The then current emperor, Licinius
(307-324), learned that the Monk Agapitos was endowed with great physical
strength, and he commanded the saint against his wishes to be conscripted into
During the time of
persecution against the Christians, initiated by Licinius, Saint Agapitos was
put together with the holy Martyrs Victor, Dorotheos, Theodoulos and Agrippa;
he was wounded by a spear, but remained alive. After the death of the emperor
Licinius, he obtained his freedom from military service in the following
manner. It became known to the holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Emperor Constantine
the Great (306-337), that through prayer Saint Agapitos had worked healings.
The emperor sent him a sick servant, who likewise received healing. The emperor
wanted to generously reward Saint Agapitos, who instead asked only that he be
able to resign military service and return to his monastery. The permission was
granted, and he joyfully returned to the monastery.
Soon after this, the
Synada bishop summoned Saint Agapitos and ordained him to the dignity of
presbyter. And after the death of the bishop, Saint Agapitos was unanimously
chosen by the clergy and all the people to the cathedra-seat of bishop of
Synada. The new hierarch wisely governed his flock, guiding it in the Orthodox
faith and virtuous life. Through his prayers numerous miracles occurred. The
saint died peacefully.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.