The divine Maximus, who was from Constantinople, sprang from an illustrious family.
He was a lover of wisdom and an eminent theologian. At first, he was
the chief private secretary of the Emperor Heraclius and his grandson
Constans. But when the Monothelite heresy became predominant in the
royal court, out of hatred for this error the Saint departed for the
Monastery at Chrysopolis (Scutari), of which he later became the abbot.
When Constans tried to constrain him either to accept the Monothelite
teaching, or to stop speaking and writing against it - neither of which
the Saint accepted to do - his tongue was uprooted and his right hand
was cut off, and he was sent into exile, where he reposed in 662. At
the time only he and his few disciples were Orthodox in the East.
Apolytikion in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone:
You are a guide of Orthodoxy, a teacher of piety and modesty, a luminary of
the world, the God inspired pride of monastics. O wise Maximus, you have
enlightened everyone by your teachings. You are the harp of the Spirit. Intercede
to Christ our God for the salvation of our souls.
Kontakion in the
Divinely-inspired champion of the Church, sure and brilliant exponent of Orthodoxy,
harp and instrument of piety, and divine and sacred adornment of monastics:
cease not to intercede for us all.
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