Book of Saints – Euthymius – 20 January

detail of an anonymous icon of Saint Euthymius the Great; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

EUTHYMIUS (Saint) Abbot (January 20) (5th century) An Armenian nobleman of Melitene who becoming a priest was on account of his conspicuous virtues and talents entrusted with the supervision of all the monasteries of the district. From love of solitude he secretly fled to Palestine, lived for some time as a hermit in a cavern near the Dead Sea, and finally gathering disciples, founded a monastery of his own. Though he consistently shunned the crowds attracted by his repute for sanctity and miracles, he was instrumental in securing many conversions, notably that of the Empress Eudoxia from Eutychianism, and in procuring submission in the East to the Decrees of the Council of Chalcedon (A.D. 451). He died A.D. 473 at the age of ninety-seven, and is among the most highly venerated Saints of the Eastern Church.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Euthymius”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 August 2018. Web. 8 December 2019. <>