The Eastern Orthodox Church venerates several German saints. They are grouped into two categories, German saints of the Middle Ages. In this article, we’ll discuss Cosmas, Damian, and Anastasius. You’ll also learn about Chrysostom.
The history of Cosmas is somewhat complicated. The saint is revered in both the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches. He is considered an Unmercenary Physician, a kind of “medicine man” who cured people out of a true love of God, not for profit. His feast day is the first Sunday of November. His name was derived from the Greek word anargyroi, meaning “love of God.”
Saint Cosmas was born in Aitolia, Greece, and became a monk in the Philotheou Monastery on Mount Athos. He was eventually ordained a hieromonk. While seeking the blessing of his spiritual fathers, he travelled and preached the Orthodox Faith.
The story of Saint Cosmas and Damian is filled with confusion. The two brothers lived in Asia Minor around the 3rd century. They were raised by their mother Theodota and received the gift of healing. They healed people and animals of all kinds, from the worst illnesses to the simplest injuries. In addition to being known as physicians, they were also known as unmercenaries.
According to legend, the brothers were brothers who were buried next to each other in the same grave. However, a woman named Palladia tried to pay Damian by offering her estate. Damian refused, but eventually accepted three eggs as payment. Eventually, Cosmas’s brother was buried next to Damian. The holy brothers’ relics were later buried near each other in Thereman, Mesopotamia.
During the Middle Ages, Anastasius was a Roman tribune who tortured and martyred his followers. His relics are venerated in Camerino, central Italy. He was also the patron-saint of Lerida, a town in Catalonia, Spain. In 680, he became Bishop of Pavia and later became the Bishop of Brescia in Lombardy.
On 27 May 1964, the Metropolitan of Odessa, who had been in exile, requested retirement and the election of a successor. After the election, the Synod of Bishops met, and the new First Hierarch was appointed, Bishop Philaret. However, Metropolitan Anastasy retained his office as the honorary president of the Holy Synod. He also was awarded the title of “His Beatitude” by the Holy Synod. He refused to wear the Primatial Processional Cross.
Chrysostom is considered one of the most important Christians in history. He was a famous Christian preacher, bishop, and exegete during the fourth and fifth centuries. His writings were prolific, and he is revered for his piety and eloquence in public speaking. He is also regarded as one of the Three Holy Hierarchs of the Orthodox Church.
He was famous for teaching about poverty and wealth, and many of his most famous sermons are based on the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus. His commentary on the Acts of the Apostles contains many passages dealing with possessions. Although he often addressed issues about money, Chrysostom did not tire of extolling communal living in early Jerusalem. He advocated eating meals with others.
Chrysostom lived a strict ascetic life
Chrysostom was one of the greatest early Christian theologians, and his ascetic life was considered exemplary. An ascetic is someone who leads a life free from sensual pleasures and indulgences, and pursues the path of salvation, redemption, and spirituality. These ascetics believe that purifying the body and soul will result in a deeper connection to the Divine and a deep sense of inner peace. They may also choose to practice self-mortification and rituals. The practice of asceticism is a common theme in ancient theologies and a path to spiritual transformation.
Chrysostom’s theology was expressed in his sermons, which drew spiritual applications from Scripture. He was considered one of the greatest early church fathers of the East and West. He preached the famous Easter sermon.
In 675, a young bishop named St. Lambert was driven from his see, due to the assassination of King Childeric II. He then withdrew to the monastery at Stavelot. After seven years of asceticism, St. Lambert’s ascetic labours were interrupted when he accidentally disturbed the monastic silence. He was subsequently killed. His relics are today housed in the Cathedral of Our Lady and St. Lambert in Liege, Belgium.
A year later, St. Lambert’s parish was besieged by deposed Bishop Franz von Waldeck. This led to the starvation of many of the city’s citizens. Eventually, the bishop was restored to his parish, but not before the city’s Anabaptists gained ground. The church’s relics were then used as a source of wonders.