St Barbarus the Robber.

Commemorated May 6 in the Orthodox Christian Menaion

From the Prologue

After much evil-doing, he repented and punished himself, first by going on all fours for three years and eating with the dogs, and then by living for twelve years in a forest, without clothing or roof, and with no food but grass or leaves. He was told by an angel that his sins were forgiven. Some merchants travelling through the forest saw Barbarus from afar and, thinking that he was a wild beast and not a man, aimed arrows and shot him. Dying, he begged them to tell the local priest about him. The priest came and gave him burial, and from his body there came forth a healing myrrh, which healed all sorts of sicknesses and pains among the people.

From The Prologue From Ochrid by Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich
©1985 Lazarica Press, Birmingham UK

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