Saint Euphrosynos the Cook

Feast Day: September 11th


The Life of Saint Euphrosynos: While passing his days preparing food for the brethren, he at the same time prepared a table for himself in the Kingdom of God by his virtuous life…

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Prayers

Apolytikion: With a humble heart Father Euphrosynos, you offered your service as a cook, and you were truly filled with the Holy Spirit, wherefore the Glory of God became known in you, through a Venerable Priest; make us also partakers of the same, God-bearer, through your intercessions.

Kontakion: You partook of Heavenly gladness, which came to pass Euphrosynos, due to your Angelic life, and you were seen to be equal in honour to the Angels, with them do beseech, on behalf of those who honour you.

Megalynarion: You lived as an Ascetic like an Angel on Earth, in a virtuous manner, you purified your Soul; wherefore without ceasing you partake in gladness, intercede for us Father Euphrosynos.

Verse: Having borne the weight of all things unbearable with courage, Euphrosynos now rejoices in Divine delight.

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A Prayer before Cooking: Lord, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, with the Prayers of Saint Euphrosynos the Cook, help me prepare this food in Your Glory. Amen.


Saint Euphrosynos lived as a Monk in a Monastery, and fulfilled his obedience of the Monastery cook with love towards his brethren, humility, fasting and Prayer.

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Saint Euphrosynos loved Christ so much and constantly had Him in his heart, and God Blessed him to experience Paradise while he was living on Earth. This became known when his fellow Priest-Monk Prayed for God to show him the things prepared for those who love God, and he had a vision that he was in Paradise, and he saw Saint Euphrosynos there too. Saint Euphrosynos told him “This is the dwelling place of God’s elect, and by God’s great goodness I have made my abode here as well.” When the Priest asked if he has authority over the beautiful things in the garden around them Saint Euphrosynos replied “As far as I am able, I distribute to others the things you see here.” He then gave the Priest-Monk three apples, which he found in his hand when he awoke from the vision. Speaking about this vision with the humble Saint Euphrosynos, the Priest-Monk understood it actually happened and was not only a dream. He told the brethren about his experience and how Saint Euphrosynos was a Holy man. However, Saint Euphrosynos ran away to hide himself from the glory of men, and no one could find him.

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Icons

Below is an Icon of Saint Euphrosynos together with two Saints that share the same Feast Day of September 11th – Saint Theodora of Vasta and Saint Theodora of Alexandria.

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