Icon of SS Peter the Athonite and Onouphrios (Dionysiou) – S315

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Saint Peter was a Greek soldier captured in battle against the Arabs in a.d. 667.  While he languished in prison, he remembered that he had not followed his earlier desire to become a monk, so he began to strictly fast.  Saint Nicholas and Saint Symeon the God-Receiver appeared to him in prison in both dream and in daylight, freeing him from his bonds and prison, and helping him go to Rome.  There he was tonsured as a monk at Saint Peter’s tomb, fulfilling his desire.  In a.d. 681, directed by the Theotokos in a dream, he settled on Athos to live as a hermit.  He died in a.d. 734.

Saint Onouphrios lived in the 4th century and was an early hermit in the Egyptian desert.  He endured many years of ascetic struggle and overcame many intense demonic temptations.  God later sent an angel to give him bread, and caused a date palm and a spring of water to appear next to his cell.  He was given Holy Communion by an angel every Saturday.   Found by the holy anchorite Saint Paphnutios in a.d. 400, Saint Onouphrios was naked of clothing, but with long hair and a beard which reached all the way to the ground.  Saint Paphnutios saw him die in prayer the next day.   

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Church Feast Day 1

12-Jun

Heritage

Greek

Style

Egg Tempera

Location

Dionysiou Monastery, Mt. Athos, Greece