The Monk Arsenios
Commemorated on December 13
The Monk Arsenios,
the son of rich, illustrious and pious parents, was born at Constantinople. The
emperor decorated him and made him military-commander and a patrician of the
Cyberrhiote military thema. One time, when he was sailing with his soldiers
upon the sea, a storm came up. The ships sank. Of all the soldiers only Saint
Arsenios was saved. After this he accepted monasticism and he wearied the flesh
by fasting, vigil and fetters. After such doings he came to a certain place on
Mount Latros, situated in Asia Minor. There he killed a poisonous viper by his
prayer and the sign of the cross, and then he settled in the nearby Kelliboreia
monastery on the north side of the mountain, where he was chosen hegumen. From
the monastery the Monk Arsenios set off to a cave, where he repelled wild
beasts by prayer. Brethren gathered to him. Usually he sat the entire week in
the narrow cell, and on Sunday he took food and instructed the brethren.
Finally, the Monk Arsenios attained such perfection, that he was nourished by
an Angel. By his staff he changed bitter water into sweet, and having done many
other miracles, he peacefully died amidst the brethren.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.