Saints: March 28, St Hilarion

Hilarion the New

Reading from the Synaxarion:
Saint Hilarion took up the monastic life early, turned to a life of seclusion. He was a disciple of St Gregory the Dekapolite,  and was named after the earlier Hilarion (see the note below).    As Abbot of the Monastery of Pelecete in Asia Minor (believed to be in Bithynia, not far from Triglia), he suffered much from the Iconoclasts, and was accused by the Emperor Leo of heresy after refusing to burn the ikons in his monastery.

Eventually St  Hilarion the New, was imprisoned, but released when Emperor Michael II ascended to the throne.  After Michael though, another iconoclast took the throne, Theophilus (god-loving, one of the names of Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart) and this time Hilarion was imprisoned on the island of Aphousia,  and then freed upon the orders of St Theodora.  In the end, he died quietly in 845 at the Dalmatius Monastery in Constantinople.

Apolytikion of Hilarion the New in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone
The image of God, was faithfully preserved in you, O Father. 

For you took up the Cross and followed Christ. By Your actions you taught us to look beyond the flesh for it passes, rather to be concerned about the soul which is immortal. 

Wherefore, O Holy Hilarion, your soul rejoices with the angels.


Use this prayer today, before reading Scripture

Shine within our hearts, loving Master, the pure light of Your divine knowledge and open the eyes of our minds that we may comprehend the message of Your Gospel.
Instill in us also reverence for Your blessed commandments, so that having conquered all sinful desires, we may pursue a spiritual life, thinking and doing all those things that are pleasing to You.
For You, Christ our God, are the light of our souls and bodies, and to You we give glory together with Your Father who is without beginning and Your all holy, good, and life giving Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen
Hilarion the New was named in honour of St Hilarion, who was a disciple of St Anthony the Great.  That one was born in Tabatha, Palestine, near today’s Gaza, Israel.  He died in 371 in Cyprus and had his biography written by Jerome,; there are many other Hilarions who followed them.