On December 12, the Greek Orthodox Church commemorates the feast of Agios Spyridonas the Wonderworker, who is the protector of the poor and the patron saint of the island of Kerkyra. He is known and respected in Western and Eastern churches for the variety of miracles he has performed, including resurrections of the deceased.
Agios Spyridonas de Tremithus was born towards the end of the 3rd century on the island of Cyprus. He was a shepherd and had a wife and children. He used all his substance for the needs of his neighbors and the homeless, for which the Lord rewarded him with a gift of miracles. He healed those who were incurably sick and cast out demons.
After the death of his wife, during the reign of Constantine the Great (306-337), he was appointed bishop of Tremithus, in Cyprus. As bishop, the saint did not change his way of life, but combined pastoral service and acts of charity.
Because of his exceptional piety, he was chosen bishop of the city of Trymithous. Yet even as a bishop he did not change his simple way of life, tending to his cattle and cultivating his land himself. He used very little of the fruits of his labor; instead, he distributed a larger portion to the needy.
He manifested great miracles by the power of God: he made rain fall in times of drought, stopped the flow of a river, raised many people from the dead, healed Emperor Constance of serious illness, saw and heard the angels of God, foresaw future events, discerned the secrets of men’s hearts, converts many to the true Faith, and did many other things. He participated in the First Ecumenical Council at Nicaea (325) and he brought many heretics back to orthodoxy by his simple and clear statements of the faith as well as by his powerful miracles. He was dressed so simply that once, when he wanted to enter the Imperial Court at the invitation of the Emperor, a soldier, thinking he was a beggar, punched him in the face.
Soft and naive, Spyridon offered him the other cheek. He glorified God through many miracles and benefited not only many individuals but also the whole Church of God. Saint Spyridon died December 12, 348 in Trymithous,
His miraculous relics rest on the island of Corfu and, even today, they glorify God with many miracles.
Today is also the feast of the names of Spryridonas and Spyridoula.
See our live church service from Saint Spyridon in Sydney Australia