Because of his wisdom and virtue, this Saint was surnamed Eubulus ("of good counsel"). He was an eminent theologian and one of the first to oppose and refute the
heretical writings of Origen. According to Jerome (De vir. ill., 83)
and Socrates the historian (Eccl. Hist., 6:13), he was bishop, not
of Patara (as a sixth century work by Leontius the Byzantine wrongly
asserts), but of Olympus in Lycia, and later, of Tyre in Phoenicia.
It appears he was called Bishop of Patara by later writers because
his famous dialogue concerning the resurrection takes place in that
city. He underwent a glorious death as a martyr in Chalkis of Greece
in the year 311, under Emperor Maximinus. Among his extant writings
is one called Symposium of Virgins.
Apolytikion in the Fourth Tone:
As a sharer of the ways and a successor to the throne of the Apostles, O inspired
of God, thou foundest discipline to be a means of ascent to divine vision.
Wherefore, having rightly divided the word of truth, thou didst also contest
for the Faith even unto blood, O Hieromartyr Methodios. Intercede with Christ
our God that our souls be saved.
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