Thursday, February 26, 2015

Obscure Saint of the Day: St. Porphyrius

Happy Thursday everyone!

Today we celebrate the obscure feast of St. Porphyrius!

And, just in case you think you know who Porphyrius is, let me assure you that we aren't talking about the Third Century Neoplatonist philosopher. 

I know that's what you were all thinking, and I just wanted to put that to rest right off the bat. 

Today's Saint was the Bishop of Gaza, a hermit, who started off being from a well-to-do Greek family. 

At the age of 25, he left the good life to become a hermit in Egpyt, eventually settling down in Jerusalem. He gave away all of his inheritance, and worked as a humble shoemaker before becoming a priest. 

He went on to become a brilliant and energetic Bishop, getting rid of most of the pagan influence in the area, even going as far as to erect a Church on a pagan worship site. 

Porphyrius died in 420. 

St. Porphyrius, pray for us! 

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