9 August 2020 (MIA)
Macedonian Orthodox Church Calendar
Saint Panteleimon, Great Martyr
He was a famous doctor of medicine, persecuted for the Christian faith in 305, and one of the greatest saints; gives cure from all illnesses to those, who turn to him in their prayers. He is usually portrayed with a box of medicine and a spoon in his hand. Considered as a patron saint of all working in a medical field. The feast day of Saint Panteleimon is June 27 according to the Church calendar. He was a doctor of a royal family in Nikodemia. By calling the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, he cured the most severe illnesses free of charge and with the only demand to his patients to trust in Christ. Once he found a dead child bitten by a large poison snake. Saint Panteleimon prayed to God, and the child returned to live. On another occasion, a blind man was brought to him, and the blind begged the Healer to cure him with those words: “I beg you, have mercy on me, blind and isolated from precious light.” Saint Panteleimon answered: “The gift of vision you will receive from the Father of Light, our true God, through me — His unworthy servant.” Upon those words Saint Panteleimon touched his eyes, and the blind started to see. There are many other miracles of cure. For his fearless witnessing of faith in Jesus Christ, Roman emperor Maximilian ordered him to be tortured to death. He was tormented with sharp iron, and his wounds douched with boiling oil; he was thrown into huge pot with boiling metal; into the den to wild animals, was broken of the wheel, drawn in a sea, and finally beheaded with a sword.
Bishop. Very successful missionary to Trier, Germany. However, when he started smashing pagan idols, the non-converts revolted, and he had to flee to Rome for safety. When he returned to his mission, he was martyred by pagans before he could convert anyone else. Died beheaded in 303; relics at Ascoli Piceno, Italy.