These Saints were from the city of Edessa in Mesopotamia and flourished during
the reign of Justin the Younger (565-578). After a pilgrimage to Jerusalem
they were moved with a desire to forsake the world; they were tonsured
monks by the Abbot Nicon, and soon after left the monastery to struggle
together in the wilderness near the Dead Sea. When they had passed
a little more than thirty years together in silence and prayer, Symeon,
having reached the heights of dispassion, departed for Emesa in Syria,
where he passed the rest of his life playing the fool, saving many
souls from sin while hiding his sanctity with seemingly senseless behavior.
He reposed in 570; by the providence of God, John, who had remained
in the wilderness, departed soon after.
Apolytikion in the Fourth Tone:
O God of our Fathers, ever dealing with us according to Thy gentleness:
take not Thy mercy from us, but by their entreaties guide our life
Kontakion in the Second Tone:
With faith and love let us acclaim angelic and God-bearing Symeon who,
though in the flesh, appeared as one without flesh and shone supernaturally
with virtues; and with him let us praise renowned John, for they
intercede with the Lord unceasingly for us all.
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