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Saint Panteleimon: Holy Healer and Martyr

Saint Panteleimon

Saint Panteleimon, also known as the Great Martyr and Healer Panteleimon, is a revered figure in Eastern Orthodox Christianity. Renowned for his medical skills and unwavering faith, he is invoked as a healer of both body and soul.


Early Life and Conversion

Born Panteleimon in Nicomedia (modern-day Izmit, Turkey) around 300 AD, he was raised by a pagan father and a Christian mother. His mother instilled in him a foundation of faith, but after her death, he was apprenticed to a renowned pagan physician, honing his medical expertise.


The Gift of Healing

During his apprenticeship, Panteleimon witnessed a priest praying over a boy bitten by a viper. The boy was miraculously healed after the priest invoked the name of Jesus Christ. Deeply affected, Panteleimon sought out the priest and converted to Christianity. He then began using his medical skills to heal the sick free of charge, invoking the name of Jesus. His reputation for miraculous healings grew, and his name, Panteleimon, which translates to "all-merciful," truly reflected his character.


Martyrdom and Legacy

Panteleimon's fame attracted the attention of the Roman emperor, who demanded he renounce his faith and return to pagan practices. Refusing, Panteleimon endured various tortures but remained steadfast. He was ultimately beheaded around 305 AD, earning him the title of martyr.


Saint Panteleimon is venerated for his unwavering faith, his gift of healing, and his compassion for the suffering. He is considered a patron saint of physicians, healers, and those in need of medical attention. His feast day is celebrated on July 27th in the Eastern Orthodox Church.


Enduring Symbol of Healing

Saint Panteleimon's image, often depicted as a young beardless man holding a physician's phial and a spoon for administering medicine, is a familiar sight in Orthodox churches. He serves as a powerful symbol of the connection between faith and healing, offering solace and hope to those seeking spiritual and physical well-being.


Read more about Saint Panteleimon at Saint Pantaleon - Wikipedia

Find a Prayer to Saint Panteleimon at Prayer to St Panteleimon the Great Martyr and Unmercenary

This story of Saint Panteleimon feels deeply woven into the fabric of who I am. It all started years ago, while I was meditating in Greece. A name, unfamiliar and yet somehow comforting, echoed in my mind. Then, in a vision, a figure approached me. The name came again, clearer this time, and with it a message – a healer had come.

Greece, of course, is rich with stories of saints. But this particular one, Saint Panteleimon, was entirely new to me. Determined to understand, I delved into research, needing that confirmation. And ever since, Saint Panteleimon has walked beside me, a constant presence. He is with me as the great healer he is.

Love & Light

Anne








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