Commemorated on October 5
PriestMartyr Dionysios, Bishop of Alexandria, was at mature age converted
to Christianity by the reknown teacher of the Church, Origen (III), and became
his student. Afterwards, he was the head of the Alexandrian Catechetical
School, and then in the year 247, he was elevated to bishop of Alexandria.
Dionysios exerted much effort for the defence of Orthodoxy from heresy, and he
encouraged his flock in the firm confession of the True Faith during times of
persecution under the emperors Decius (249-251) and Valerian (253-259).
holy bishop underwent much suffering. When a plague appeared in Alexandria, the
saint called on his flock to tend sick christians and pagans alike, and to bury
the dead. About the repose of his spiritual children he wrote: "By such
manner the best of our brethren have departed life. This generation of the dead
– a deed of great piety and firm faith, no wise less a martyrdom". Saint
Dionysios none the less illumined his flock with deeds of love and charity. He
died in the year 264 or 265.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.