August 16: Orthodox saints

The Martyr Diomedes was born in Cilician Tarsus, and by profession he was a physician, and by belief a Christian; he treated not only ills not only of body but also of soul. He enlightened many people with belief in Christ, and baptised them. The Church venerates him as an healer.

Diomedes traveled much, converting people to Christianity. When he arrived in the city of Nicea, the emperor Diocletian (284-305) sent soldiers to arrest him. Along the way from Nicea to Nicomedia, he got down from the cart to pray, and he died. As proof of carrying out their orders, the soldiers cut off his head, but became blinded. Diocletian gave orders to take away the head back to the body. When the soldiers fulfilled the order, their sight was restored and they believed in Christ.

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Cilician Tarsus





The Monk Cherimon lived in Egypt in the Skete wilderness-monastery, either at the end of the 4th Century or the beginning years of the 5th Century. His name is remembered in the "Lausiaca" of Palladios and in the alphabetic Paterikon [see Definitions, right]. His cave stood at a distance of 40 stadia [7.404608 kilometers] from church and 12 stadia [2.2213824 kilometers] from a spring of water. Cherimon is remembered by the Monk Theodore the Studite (+11 November 826) within the Lenten Triodion -- in the Service for Cheesefare Saturday, in the 6th Ode ["ode" is defined under "Canon"] of the Matins canon. Cherimon died at more than 100 years of age. Notes for this article:





Theodore the Studite


Monasteries in Egypt

the Lenten Triodion

Cherimon isn't specifically mentioned in this version, but this is the Saturday to remember the ascetics

for a definition of "ode," look under "Canon"


a collection of disconnected ancedotes

Cheesefare Saturday
scroll to "Sunday of the Last Judgment"--Cheesefare Saturday is in the last paragraph

The MonkMartyr Nikodemos of Meteoreia asceticised in Thessaly, and suffered in the year 1551. Note for this article:


The Martyr Stamatios was a native of the city of Boleia [Thessaly]. He was said to have accepted Islam, but he bravely confessed himself a Christian and was execited at Constantinople [Istanbul] in 1680. Notes for this article:






The Monk Joakim of Osogovsk was one of four great hermits of Bulgaria, having inspired by his ascetic efforts hundreds and thousands of people to Christian asceticism. He lived in the 11th Century, unknown by anyone, in a cave on the Osogovsk heights. Just before his death he chanced to encounter two hunters, whom he blessed for a successful hunt. He revealed in a posthumous vision that he had died "during a great darkness [an eclipse?] eight years previous," (approximately the year 1115). A monastery was afterwards built on the place of his ascetic deeds. Notes for this article:



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