Vlasios (Blaise)
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Vlasios (Blaise)

On this day we celebrate the memory of Vlasios, Bishop a senior member of the Christian clergy having spiritual and administrative authority; appointed in Christian churches to oversee priests or ministers; considered in some churches to be successors of the twelve Apostles of Christ. of Sevastia (now Sivas in Turkey).

Vlasios lived during the reign of Emperor Licinius in 315.

Vlasios lived in the cave of a mountain, where the wild beasts came and were tamed by his blessing. Moreover, the saint was also experienced in medicine. Thus, he received from God the gift to perform miracles and through divine grace he cured many people. However, he was arrested and brought to governor Agricolaus. The saint confessed the name of Christ in front of him and, for doing so, he was beaten and thrown to prison. When he was being brought to prison, seven women followed him who confessed Jesus Christ to be true God: they were executed, as was Vlasios.

Glory be to God forever, Amen.


Almighty God, you have surrounded us with a great cloud of witnesses: Grant that we, encouraged by the good example of your servants Vlasios and his followers may persevere in running the race that is set before us, until at last we may with them attain to your eternal joy; through Jesus Christ, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.