Osia Irini Chrysovalantou
Date of celebration: 28/07
Osia Irini lived in the years of Queen Theodora, who restored the holy icons.
Irene came from Cappadocia and was distinguished not only for her piety, but also for her physical beauty and her noble upbringing. He had therefore been asked in marriage by a distinguished man of the palace and set off for Byzantium. On the way, however, he passed by the Monastery of Chrysovalantos and was so attracted by the fellowship of the nuns that he made the great decision to stay with them.
So she rejected worldly glories, returned to her homeland, sold her belongings, helping many poor people and deposited the rest of the money in the Monastery. She became a nun and her life in the monastery was very ascetic and holy.
When the abbess died, Irene, despite her refusal, was appointed her successor. From her new position, she performed her duties excellently. In fact, God endowed her with the prophetic and miraculous gift. Thus through her prayer, she freed many from demons. She had a premonition of her death and passed away peacefully, full of joy for her pleasant heavenly journey.