St. Gelasius, monk, of Palestine

Commemorated on December 31

A hermit in the vicinity of the city of Nicopolis tonsured him. Being present at the Fourth Ecumenical Council, he was revealed a fervent defender of Orthodoxy. The Venerable Gelasius distinguished himself with complete disinterestedness, deep humility and meekness. The Orthodox Church beatifies Gelasius among the venerable ones and the God-bearing fathers, because of his shining ascetical struggles, and assigned to him the name "ever memorable king of passions".

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