Commemorated on April 17
Pope of Rome, was a zealous adherent of Orthodoxy. By his pious life he won
the general esteem and was elevated to the papal throne in the year 535.
The Gothic king
Theodoric the Great dispatched Pope Agapitus to Constantinople for peace
negotiations. Along the way Saint Agapitus encountered a lame and speechless
man. He healed him from his lameness, and after partaking the Holy Mysteries
the mute one spoke. At Constantinople the saint healed a blind beggar.
In Constantinople at
this time was convened the Local Church-Council. Saint Agapitus took part in it
and zealously defended the Orthodox teaching against the heretic Severus, who
taught, that the Body of the Lord Jesus Christ was subject to decay similar to
every man's body.
Saint Agapitus died
at Constantinople in the year 536.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.