† Synaxis of the Holy Twelve Apostles; †) St. Gelasius of Râmeţ; 2nd Sunday after Pentecost (Romanian Saints)

Romanian Saints Sunday

Romanian Saints‚ be they martyrs of the faith in the fourth century‚ or in the eighteenth century‚ be they hierarchs that illumined the people with their word or helped them with their deeds‚ be they ascetics that reached the highest spiritual stage in God‚ through prayer for themselves and for the people‚ they have all elevated the character of the true faith and the image of man that lives the faith seriously to a step that urges the faithful everywhere‚ when they get to know them‚ to live their faith with more conviction and follow their example – Prof. Dr. Rev. Dumitru Staniloae.

The Synaxis of the Glorious and All-Praiseworthy Twelve Apostles of Christ appears to be an ancient Feast. The Church honors each of the Twelve Apostles on separate dates during the year, and has established a general commemoration for all of them on the day after the commemoration of the Glorious and First-Ranked among the Apostles Peter and Paul.

The holy God-crowned Emperor Constantine the Great (May 21) built a church in Constantinople in honor of the Twelve Apostles. There are instructions for celebrating this Feast which date from the fourth century.

For lists of the Apostles’ names, see: Mt.10:2, Mark 3:14, Luke 6:12, Acts 1:13, 26.

Saint Gelasius was the igumen of the Râmeţ Monastery in Transylvania. He had lived as a solitary near Rimet creek, and he was granted the grace of working miracles.

The saint fasted on weekdays, eating only on Saturdays and Sundays, and his only food was the Eucharist. During the day he fulfilled his monastic obediences, and at night he kept vigil.

St Gelasius was the spiritual Father of many hermits of Râmeţ Mountain, whom he would visit during Great Lent. He healed the sick, and cast out demons from those who were possessed. It is said that a spring of water appeared through his holy prayers.

His later years were spent as a bishop, and he departed to the Lord after many labors on behalf of his flock.

St Gelasius was glorified by the Orthodox Church of Romania in 1992.

Tr. by oca.org

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