Orthodox Saint Hierotheus History and Name Day Information

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Saint Hierotheus is one of the early saints of the Orthodox Church whose lives we celebrate during the calendar year. Each of the saints has his or her own special day, and there are even those who are named after the saints. Those who have been named after the saints will celebrate his or her name day on the saints’ feast days. Each saint made a special impact on the early life of the early Christians, but their impact can still be felt today. Here’s more information about Saint Hierotheus:

About Saint Hierotheus

Saint Hierotheus, also known as Bishop Hierotheus or Hierotheus, the Bishop of Athens, was one of the early saints of the Orthodox Church. It is said that he was a member of the Court of Mars Hill, a term used to describe a portion of Athens on the Acropolis that had been known since antiquity as the Rock of Ares, or the Areopagus. The Romans began calling it Mars Hill. The Bible mentions Mars Hill in the Bible. This is where the monument to the Unknown God was located that the Apostle Paul referenced when he visited Athens to preach news of Christ.

In fact, the Apostle Paul is the one who taught Hierotheus about the Christian faith. He kept learning about the faith and then  eventually became the Bishop of Athens. Heirotheus is also known for having instructed Saint Dionysius about the Christian faith. Both made an impact in early Christianity.

Hymns of Saint Hierotheus

Saint Hierotheus’ feast day is on October 4th of each year. Here is a look at the hymns that are either chanted or sung on his feast day:

Apolytikion of Hierotheus, Bp. of Athens – Fourth Tone

Since thou hadst been instructed in uprightness thoroughly and wast vigilant in all things, thou wast clothed with a good conscience as befitteth one holy. Thou didst draw from the Chosen Vessel ineffable mysteries; and having kept the Faith, thou didst finish a like course, O Hieromartyr Hierotheus. Intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.

Kontakion of Hierotheus, Bp. of Athens – Plagal of the Fourth Tone

As Athens’ Hierarch, we acclaim thee, since through thee we have received instruction in things awesome and ineffable; for thou wast a God-inspired writer of divine hymns. O Hierotheus all-blessed, do thou pray to God, so that we may be redeemed from all calamities, that thus we may cry: Rejoice, O Father wise in things divine.

Saint Hierotheus is one of the early saints of the Orthodox Christian Church. Check the Name Day page for more information about other Orthodox Christian name days.


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