St. Simeon's Day


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About St. Simeon

St. Simeon the Myrrh-flowing was a Serbian ruler, monk, and saint in the 12th century. His name was Stefan Nemanja. He built many monasteries and Churches during his lifetime.

Stefan was married to a Byzantine noblewoman, Ana. They had six children. One of which was Rastko (St. Sava), first Serbian Archbishop. Nemanja took monastic vows as Monk Simeon in Studenica Monastery. Ana, his wife, took monastic vows in the female Monastery of Holy Mother of God in Ras, taking the monastic name Anastasija, and was canonized as Saint Mother Anastasia of Serbia.

Monk Simeon and his son, Monk Sava, were given the ruined Hilander Monastery on Mount Athos in 1198. Simeon declared that Hilander is the monastery for monks from Serbia. Hilander became one of the most important center of Serbian Orthodoxy.

The last years of his life were ascetic. He died on February 13, 1199. One year after his death, Simeon was recognized as a saint by the community of Mount Athos, for holy oil (Myrrh) seeped from his relics. Even today his relics give forth a sweet smell.

Troparion – Tone 4

You were illumined with the image of Godly grace,
And after death you have shone with the light of your life,
By issuing sweet-scented myrrh
Which flows from the tomb of your relics,
And sustains your people on this earth,
O our Father Simeon, discerner of the Way of God,
Pray to Christ our God that He may grant us His great mercy.

(quotes and para:Orthodox Wiki)

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