Celebration date: 08/12/2021
Saint Patapius was born in Egypt and from a young age had a “spirit of love and discipline” (2 Timothy, 1:7). That is, a spirit of love and a chastening spirit, so that he would wisely and judiciously govern himself, avoiding any moral deviation, maintaining purity, but at the same time setting an example for his fellow men. And he proved this even more when he grew up.
After distributing his inheritance to the poor, he retired to the desert. There he filled his time with prayer, study and charity. To every weary traveler who passed his cell, he offered rest and hospitality. But taking advantage of the opportunity he provided with discernment and spiritual instructions and advice, useful for the salvation of his soul. Thus the fame of Patapius spread rapidly, and every day many came to his cell to hear from his lips beneficial teaching.
After some time, Patapius went to Constantinople. There, wanting to remain unknown, he chose a hermitage in Blachernes. However, the humble and pure life of Patapios earned him the right to work miracles. So again he became famous and died healing the sick.