Feast Day: March 4th
The Life of Saint Gerasimos: From then on the lion faithfully followed the Saint like a disciple…
Apolytikion: Thou didst prove to be a citizen of the desert, an Angel in the flesh, and a Wonderworker, O Gerasimos, our God-bearing Father. By fasting, vigil, and Prayer thou didst obtain Heavenly gifts, and thou healest the sick and the Souls of them that have recourse to thee with faith. Glory to Him that hath given thee strength. Glory to Him that hath Crowned thee. Glory to Him that worketh healings for all through thee.
Kontakion: As a star resplendent with the light of virtues, thou didst make the wilderness of Jordan radiantly shine with beams of sacred celestial light, O Righteous Father, God-bearing Gerasimos.
Kontakion: Aflame with Heavenly love thou didst prefer the desert’s hardship to all the pleasures of the world. Wherefore a wild creature served thee and became obedient till death. God glorified thee with signs and miracles: in thy Prayers remember us also, O God-bearing Father Gerasimos.
Saint Gerasimos was once approached by a lion who held out his paw to the Elder because there was a thorn stuck in it. Saint Gerasimos removed the thorn and cleaned the wound for the lion.
The lion was very grateful and from that day on always remained with Saint Gerasimos and the brotherhood of the Monastery. Saint Gerasimos named the lion Jordan, because they met in the Jordan desert.