Most Holy Theotokos intercede for us!

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

St. Hilarion, Metropolitan of Suzdal and Yuriev

Once, when St. Hilarion was serving Vespers together with a hierodeacon, robbers burst into the church. They killed the deacon and started to set St. Hilarion on fire, asking him where the monastery treasure was hid. They did not believe that there was no gold in the monastery. Overcome by the pain, St. Hilarion turned to the wonderworking icon and said, "O All-Pure Virgin Mary, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ! If they injure me with the fire, I shall no longer have the ability to glorify Thy Son and Thee." Suddenly the robbers heard the shouts of people searching for them, and they fled.

Saint Hilarion was known for his unceasing concern for the poor. After his death they found only three coins in his possession. He died peacefully on December 14, 1707, and was buried in the Suzdal cathedral in honor of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos.


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