Sainted Achilles, Bishop of Lariseia
Commemorated on May 15
Bishop of Lariseia, lived during the IV Century, during the reign of
Equal-to-the-Apostles Constantine the Great. Glorified by his sanctity of life
and erudition, he was made bishop of the city of Lariseia in Thessaly. Saint
Achilles was a participant in the First OEcumenical Council, where he boldly
denounced the heretic Arius. In his city he zealously cultivated Christianity,
destroying idolous pagan-temples, and he built and adorned churches. Saint
Achilles had the gift of healing sickness, especially demonic-possession, and
he worked many miracles. The saint died peacefully in about the year 330. His
relics since the year 978 are in Bulgaria at the city of Prespa (at present –
the village of Akhila, called such in honour of the deceased saint).
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.