Great Martyr Panteleimon

Luke 21:12-19 The Lord said to his disciples, “Beware of men who will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name’s sake. This will be a time for you to bear testimony. Settle it therefore in your minds, not to meditate beforehand how to answer; for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict. You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and kinsmen and friends, and some of you they will put to death; you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your lives.”

27_panteGreat Martyr Panteleimon was born Pantoleon, meaning “in all things a lion,” in Nicomedia to a pagan father and a Christian mother. She raised him up in the Faith of Christ and he was later catechized and baptized by Saint Hermlaus. Panteleimon was a physician who practiced medicine philanthropically. He healed disease through the grace of God and medicine. Because of the compassion he showed for the souls and bodies of all, he was worthily renamed Panteleimon, meaning “all-merciful.” On one occasion, when he restored the sight of a certain blind man by calling on the Divine Name, he enlightened also the eyes of this man’s soul to the knowledge of the truth. This also became the cause for the blind man’s martyrdom, since when he was asked by whom and in what manner his eyes had been opened, in imitation of that blind man of the Gospel he confessed with boldness both who the physician was and the manner of his healing. For this he was put to death immediately. Panteleimon was arrested also, and having endured many wounds, he was finally beheaded in the year 305, during the reign of Maximian. Saint Panteleimon is one of the Holy Unmercenaries, and is held in special honor. (Information from the Prologue and http://www.goarch.org).

You have got to love the Holy Unmercenaries who relied on the Lord so that their vocations become a way for the Lord to act in the lives of others. What the Kingdom needs is more professionals who setting aside personal gain give their vocational life to the Lord on behalf of others to the Glory of God.

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