Commemorated on April 19
St Simeon the Bare-Foot [Bosoi] was the son of a priest. When he was
fifteen years old, he came under the spiritual guidance of Pachomius,
the Bishop of Demetriada (Larissa diocese), who tonsured him and
ordained him as hierodeacon. Desiring to follow a strict monastic life,
St Simeon soon went to a monastery near Mount Olympus, and then to Mount
Athos, to the Lavra of St Athanasius.
By his humility and
obedience he gained the respect of the brethren and was ordained
hieromonk. After he transferred to the Philotheou monastery, he
intensified his God-pleasing labors, he became an example for the
brethren, and was unanimously chosen as head of this monastery. Later,
through the cunning of the Enemy of mankind, St Simeon had to endure the
complaints of monks who thought he was too strict.
Leaving it to
God to judge the culprits, St Simeon left the monastery and went to Mt.
Phlamourion on Mt. Pelion. There, in solitude and quiet, with neither
roof nor fire, the holy hermit engaged in spiritual struggles dressed in
old clothing, almost without food, in constant prayer either
standing or on bended knees. After three years, he was found by certain
God-loving people. Inspired with reverence for his way of life, they
begged him to allow them to live with him.
After seven years,
through the efforts and zeal of St Simeon, a monastery was formed. A
church was built in honor of the Most Holy Trinity, where he served the
Divine Liturgy every day. When the life of the brethren in the
wilderness monastery had been put in order, the wise servant left the
monastery and began to preach the Word of God in Epirus, Thessaly and
By his instructions and teaching the saint strengthened
the wavering in their faith, and he set those in error on the path to
salvation. He made those who were strong in their faith even stronger,
and he taught everyone to love one another, and to attend church on
Sundays and feastdays.
The boldness of the holy confessor aroused
the malice of the opponents of Christianity. In the city of Euripa they
slandered St Simeon before the city ruler, Ayan, accusing him of
converting a Turk to Christianity. The saint was arrested and sentenced
to public burning. However, God did not permit the unjust sentence to be
The condemned one was led to his interrogation in
shackles, barefoot [bosoi] and in an old rassa. St Simeon, inspired by
the Holy Spirit, answered the governor so wisely that Ayan could not
impose the death sentence. The saint received his freedom and continued
his efforts, sealing his preaching with healings and miracles.
followed St Simeon and submitted themselves to him. He accepted
everyone, blessed them for the monastic life, and sent them to his
St Simeon ended his life at Constantinople. He fell
asleep in the Lord and was buried by the Patriarch at Chalke, in a
church dedicated to the Most Holy Theotokos. After two years, when the
monks of the Phlamourion monastery decided to transfer his holy relics
to their monastery, and his grave was opened, an ineffable fragrance
came forth, and healings began.
The Life and the Service to St Simeon were published at Smyrna in 1646.
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