O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Finding Lost Loved Ones


While their feast is covered up by the First All-Souls Saturday this year, January 26 is the feast of St. Xenophon and his wife Maria. They had two sons, Arcadius and John. Wanting them to have a better education, they sent them to the Phoenician city of Beirut. Their ship sank and they washed ashore in two different places and joined separate monasteries. For many years, Sts. Zenophon and Maria had no word from their sons and St. Maria presumed them dead. St. Zenophon maintained hope that God protected his children and consoled his wife. At an advanced age, they went on pilgrimage to the Holy Land and by Divine Providence found their sons at two different monasteries in Jerusalem. They gave thanks for the family being re-united. Sts. Xenophon and Maria lived out their retirements in separate monasteries, each being known for strict fasting and working miracles.