Saint Porphyrius had Thessalonica as his homeland. He became a monk in Scete
of Egypt, where he lived for five years. He went on pilgrimage to Jerusalem,
after which he spent five years in much affliction in a cave near the
Jordan. Stricken with a disease of the liver, he departed to Jerusalem,
where he was ordained presbyter and appointed Keeper of the Cross at
the age of 45. Three years later he was made Bishop of Gaza. He suffered
much from the rulers and pagans of Gaza; but with the friendship of
Saint John Chrysostom, and the patronage of the Empress Eudoxia, he
razed the temple of the idol Marnas in Gaza and built a great church
to the glory of God. He reposed in 450.
Apolytikion in the Fourth Tone:
The truth of things hath revealed thee to thy flock as a rule of faith, an
icon of meekness, and a teacher of temperance; for this cause, thou hast
achieved the heights by humility, riches by poverty. O Father and Hierarch
Porphyrios, intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.
Kontakion in the
Arrayed with a most sacred life, thou wast adorned with the priestly vestment,
O all-blessed and godly-minded Porphyrius; and thou art conspicuous for miracles
of healing, interceding unceasingly for us all.
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