Saint Joannicius was born in Bithynia about the year 740. His father was named
Myritrikes and his mother Anastaso When he had reached maturity, he
excelled in soldiery and was counted worthy of royal honours for his
bravery. He had been brought up an iconoclast, but while yet a soldier,
he was converted to Orthodoxy by a certain holy elder. He later forsook
all things and departed for Mount Olympus, where he spent the remainder
of his life in asceticism. Becoming great in virtue, he reposed in
the Lord in the year 834, having lived some ninety-four years. To this
Saint is ascribed the brief prayer, "My hope is the Father . . . ."
Apolytikion in the Fourth Tone:
With the rivers of your tears, you have made the barren desert fertile.
Through sighs of sorrow from deep within you, your labors have borne
fruit a hundred-fold. By your miracles you have become a light, shining
upon the world. O Ioninicus, our Holy Father, pray to Christ our
God, to save our souls.
Kontakion in the Fourth Tone:
We the faithful on this day all come together, righteous Joannicius,
to keep thy sacred memory; and we beseech thee to intercede that
we may all find great mercy with Christ our Lord.
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