January 11: Feast Day of Theodosius the Cenobiarch

The Feast commemorating Theodosius the Cenobiarch is held on January 11 every year. Born in Cappadocia, a portion of modern Turkey, Theodosius left for Jerusalem as a young man to devote his life to God.

He lived as a monk in Jerusalem for many years, until he became too distracted by those who visited him. Then he moved out of the city to a cave, where he ate just enough to survive and spent his time in prayer. Eventually other monks joined him at his cave, and they all had to move to a larger location.

The monks established a monastery near Bethlehem that became known as the Lavra of St. Theodosius. Theodosius became widely known for his compassion. He built an area for passersby to spend the night, an infirmary, and a home for those who were dying. Many poor and hungry were fed and clothed at the Lavra of St. Theodosius.

Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.

1 Peter 4:9 & 10

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