Sainted Amphylokhios, Bishop of Iconeia
Commemorated on November 23
Amphylokhios, Bishop of Iconeia, was born in Caesarea Cappadocia, a
city having given the world among the greatest fathers and teachers of the
Orthodox Church. He was a first cousin to Saint Gregory the Theologian, and a
close friend of Saint Basil the Great. He was their student, follower and of
like-mind with them. Saint Amphylokhios toiled hard on the field of Christ. Up
until the time when the Lord summoned him for hierarchical service, he lived in
the wilderness as a strict ascetic for about forty years. In the year 372 the
bishop of Iconeia died. Angels of the Lord thrice appeared in visions to Saint
Amphylokhios, summoning him to go to Iconeia for hierarchical service. The
truthfulness of these visions was proven by that the Angel, appearing to him
the third time, sang together with the saint the Angelic song: "Holy,
Holy, Holy, Lord Sabaoth". The heavenly messenger led the saint to the
nearest church, where an assembly of Angels consecrated Amphylokhios bishop.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.