Saint Achillios Bishop of Larissa
Celebration date: 15/05/2021
Saint Achillios came from Cappadocia and lived in the years of Constantine the Great (306 – 337 AD). His youthful lust brought him to the Holy Land and then to Rome. There he devoted himself to the Holy work of the Preacher, unceasingly teaching the divine word in cities and villages, defying needs, curses, persecutions and sufferings. His great and great services made him bishop of Larissa.
From his new position, Achilles was the spiritual leader and teacher, the one who said and did. He preached every day, helped the widows, protected the orphans, relieved the poor, defended the wronged, he was the watchful guardian and guardian of the legacy of the faith and the flock entrusted to him.
Achillios also distinguished himself in the First Ecumenical Council held in 325 AD. at Nicaea, against Arius. And then Constantine the Great, appreciating his virtues, gave him a large monetary donation which, when Achillios returned to Larissa, he used to build temples and for the care of the sick and the poor.
When he had a premonition of his death, he called to him all the Priests of his diocese and gave them paternal advice about their duties.