Orthodox Saint Eumenius History and Name Day Information

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When it comes to the Orthodox Christian Church, it’s true that the saints are important. Each saint has his or her own feast day, which is a regular part of the yearly church calendar. Both people and churches can be named after the saints, and those who are will celebrate their name day on the saints’ feast days.

Saint Eumenius is one of those saints. His feast day is celebrated on September 18th of each year. Here’s more information about him:

About Saint Eumenius

Saint Eumenius, also known as Emenius the Wonderworker or Eumenius, the Bishop of Gortyna, is one of the saints of the Orthodox Christian Church. Not much is known about his early life, but we do know that he was known for being incredibly pious and a devout believer in the Lord. He spent much of his life traveling, first to Rome, then to Thebes, which was located in Egypt, and eventually to Crete where he become the Bishop of Gortyna.

He was also known for treating the poor well and he is said to have distributed wealth amongst them during his travels. He was compassionate, comforting, and helped his people through their sorrows. He also had a special place in his heart of orphans. When he passed away, his relics were taken to Gortynia and buried at Raxos.

Hymns of Saint Saint Eumenius

Saint Eumenius’s feast day is on September 18th of each year. Here are the hymns that are chanted or sung on both of these days.

Apolytikion of Eumenius, Bishop of Gortyna – Plagal of the Fourth Tone

You are a guide of Orthodoxy, a teacher of piety and modesty, a luminary of the world, the God inspired pride of monastics. O wise Eumenius, you have enlightened everyone by your teachings. You are the harp of the Spirit. Intercede to Christ our God for the salvation of our souls.

Kontakion of Eumenius, Bp. Of Gortyna – Second Tone

Illumined with light from God on high, O blessed one, thou shinest on us, who lovingly acclaim with hymns thy most holy glorious and august repose, O Eumenius; for thou ever prayest for us, O Father, thou faithful Hierarch of the Lord.

Saint Eumenius, also known as Eumenius the Wonderworker is one of the early saints of the Orthodox Christian Church. His feast day is celebrated each year on September 18th. Check the Name Day page for more information about other Orthodox Christian name days.


Eumenius the Wonderworker (Also Image Credit)

St. Eumenius the Bishop of Gortyna

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