Saint Alexis the Man of God

Feast Day: March 17th


The Life of Saint Alexis: “Lead into my Church that Man of God, worthy of the Kingdom of Heaven. His Prayer rises up to God like fragrant incense, and the Holy Spirit rests upon him.”…

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Prayers

Apolytikion: Though thou didst bud forth from a renowned and notable root, and though thou didst blossom from a City famed for her great imperial dignity, yet didst thou scorn all things as corruptible and fleeting, striving to be joined to Christ thy Master for ever. Entreat Him, O Alexios most wise, fervently for our Souls.

Kontakion: As we celebrate today with fitting reverence the all-Holy festival of Saint Alexios the all-blest, with hymns we praise him and cry aloud: Rejoice, thou gladsome adornment of Venerable men.


Saint Alexios was born to faithful parents, Euphemianus and Aglais. They Prayed constantly for God to grant them a child, and He Blessed with with Saint Alexios. When Saint Alexios began to read at six years old he was drawn to the Holy Scriptures, and he imitated his parents in fasting, almsgiving, and he wanted to live in asceticism so he secretly wore a hair shirt under his clothes.

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Saint Alexios was married, and when it was evening and time for him to come together with his wife, his love for God was so strong that he gave his ring and his belt to his bride, he blessed her and said goodbye to her, secretly leaving for Edessa.

“Keep these things, beloved, and may the Lord be with us until His Grace provides us with something better.”

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Saint Alexios lived under the Church portico for seventeen years, living in rags and receiving Holy Communion each Sunday. One time, Our Most Holy Mother of God spoke to someone at the Church, revealing his Holiness.

“Lead into my Church that Man of God, worthy of the Kingdom of Heaven. His Prayer rises up to God like fragrant incense, and the Holy Spirit rests upon him.”

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When Saint Alexios’ virtue became known among the local Christians, he fled the crowds of people who began to come to him for a blessing and by God’s Will he returned to his father’s home living in the courtyard as a beggar, and he humbly suffered much as he was unrecognised by everyone. Saint Alexios also struggled greatly with the pain of seeing his wife weeping over the disappearance of her husband, and his mother weeping and Praying for her son.

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After anonymously dwelling at his parent’s house for seventeen years, God revealed to Saint Alexios that his repose was near, so he wrote on a paper his identity and also wrote asking his wife and parents to forgive him for the pain he caused them by leaving them.

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He held this paper while he reposed. That day, God revealed to the faithful to find the Man of God.

“After Liturgy the Voice was heard again in the Temple: “Seek the Man of God in the house of Euphemianus.” All hastened there, but the Saint was already dead. His face shone like the face of an Angel, and his hand clasped the paper, and they were unable to take it. They placed the Saint’s body on a cot, covered with costly coverings. The Pope and the Emperor bent their knees and turned to the Saint, as to one yet alive, asking him to open his hand. And the Saint heard their Prayer. When the letter was read, the Righteous one’s wife and parents tearfully Venerated his Holy Relics.”


Icons

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Below is an Icon of Saint Alexis and Saint Mary of Egypt.

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Below is an Icon of Saint Alexis and Saint John the Hut-Dweller