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St. Zosima Society

The purpose of the St. Zosima Society is to proclaim the Orthodox Faith to all those it can reach:  to reclaim Orthodox Christians who have drifted from, or never truly knew, the Church, and to bring into the Church those who have not known her at all. The society is inspired by its patron, St. Zosima, who enlightened the world with the glorious revelation of his wondrous encounter with St. Mary of Egypt, the precious treasure of the Judean desert who embodied the union with God offered to all mankind.  The society will establish and implement goals for reaching out, inviting, educating, and enlightening people in the Orthodox Faith, always witnessing to the the love of Christ.

Deacon Steven Hanes - 04/12/14

On Saint Mary of Egypt Sunday - April 6, 2014, Reader Steven Hanes was ordain to the Diaconate by Bishop George.


Reader Joseph Nguyentan - 04/12/14

At the same Divine Liturgy Joseph Nguyentan was tonsured, by Bishop George, as a Reader in the Orthodox Church.


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Life of St. Zosima

Righteous Zosima of Palestine commemorated as a saint on April 4.

Saint Zosimas was born in the second half of the fifth century, during the reign of Emperor Theodosius the Younger. He became a monk in a monastery in Palestine at a very young age, gaining a reputation as a great elder and ascetic. At the age of fifty-three, now a hieromonk, he moved to a very strict monastery located in the wilderness close to the Jordan River, where he spent the remainder of his life.

He is best known for his encounter with St. Mary of Egypt (commemorated on April 1). It was the custom of that monastery for all of the brethren to go out into the desert for the forty days of Great Lent, spending the time in fasting and prayer, and not returning until Palm Sunday. While wandering in the desert he met Saint Mary, who told him her life story and asked him to meet her the next year on Holy Thursday on the banks of the Jordan, in order to bring her Holy Communion. He did so, and the third year came to her again in the desert, but he found that she had died and he buried her. St Zosimas is reputed to have lived to be almost one hundred years of age.

All that we know of Zosimas' life comes from the Vita of St. Mary of Egypt, recorded by St. Sophronius, who was the Patriarch of Jerusalem from 634 to 638.

 

   
 
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