December 8, 2015

Synaxarion of Saint Patapios of Thebes

On the eighth of this month [December], we commemorate our Venerable Father Patapios.


You left this perishable earth on which you walked Patapios,
Now you walk where the feet of the meek walk.
On the eighth Patapios walked on green pastures.

Patapios was from Thebes in Egypt. Preferring the monastic life, he lived for many years in asceticism in the desert. Then he went to Constantinople, where he gave sight to the blind, those with dropsy he healed with the anointing of oil, he cast out demons, and the calamity of cancer he healed. And having worked many other similar miracles, he delivered his spirit to the Lord in peace.

Apolytikion in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone
The image of God, was faithfully preserved in you, O Father. For you took up the Cross and followed Christ. By Your actions you taught us to look beyond the flesh for it passes, rather to be concerned about the soul which is immortal. Wherefore, O Holy Patapios, your soul rejoices with the angels.

Another Apolytikion in the Third Tone
Thou didst follow the divine call from thy youth, and illumine the world with the gifts of thy holy labours. Thou wast made glorious with the grace of dispassion, and dost heal various passions. O Patapios, venerable Father, pray to Christ our God to grant us His great mercy.

Kontakion in the Third Tone
Having found thy church to be a place of spiritual healing, all the people flock with haste thereto, O Saint, and they ask thee to bestow the ready healing of their diseases and forgiveness of the sins they wrought in their lifetime; O Patapios most righteous, in every need, thou art the protector of all.