Feast Day: February 7th

The Life of Saint Parthenios: As light scatters darkness, at his coming the demons took flight…



Apolytikion: In truth you were revealed to your flock as a rule of faith, an image of humility and a teacher of abstinence; your humility exalted you; your poverty enriched you. Hierarch Father Parthenios, entreat Christ our God that our Souls may be saved.

Kontakion: Since thou hadst received God’s Grace to work ineffable marvels, Godly-wise Parthenios, thou Sacred worker of wonders, thou didst wholly cleanse the faithful of all their passions, casting wicked spirits out, O God-bearing Father; for this cause we sing thy praise as a great initiate of the Divine Grace of God.

As light scatters darkness, at his coming the demons took flight. One day he commanded a devil to depart from a poor man, but the evil spirit entreated him, ‘Give me a place where I can live until the time of the dread Judgement or, at least, let me inhabit swine’ (cf. Matt. 8:32). ‘By no means,’ the Saint replied, ‘but when you come out of this unfortunate there is someone else waiting for you.’ ‘Who is that?’ ‘It is I! Come and dwell in me!’ The evil spirit fled at these words, crying out as though scorched, ‘How could I enter God’s house? Great is the power of Christians!’