The PriestMartyr Dorotheos
Commemorated on June 5
Dorotheos was bishop of the Phoenician city of Tyre, during the time of the
persecution against Christians under the emperor Diocletian (284-305). Heeding
the words of the Gospel (Mt. 10: 23), the saint withdrew from Tyre and hid away
from the persecutors. He returned to Tyre during the reign of Saint Constantine
the Great (306-337, Comm. 21 May), again occupying the bishop's throne he
guided his flock for more than 50 years, and converted many of the pagans to
Christianity. When the emperor Julian the Apostate (361-363) began openly to
persecute Christians, Saint Dorotheos was already over 100 years old. He
withdrew from Tyre to the Myzean city of Udum (present day Bulgarian Varna).
Delegates of the emperor arrested him there. For his refusal to offer sacrifice
to idols they began cruelly to torture the holy elder, and under torture he
gave up his soul to the Lord (+ c. year 362, at age 107).
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.