St Paphnutius the Confessor.

Commemorated September 11 in the Orthodox Christian Menaion

From the Prologue

A bishop in the Egyptian Thebaid, he suffered greatly for the Orthodox faith: heretics put out one of his eyes and broke his left leg.

He took part in the First Ecumenical Council, refuting the Arian heresy with great power.

The Emperor Constantine valued him greatly, and often kissed him on the missing eye, lost for the truth of Orthodoxy.

At the Council, he stood in opposition to the western representatives, who proposed that secular priests be completely forbidden to marry. He was chaste throughout the whole of his life.

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

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