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On August 9 (July 27, according to the church calendar), the Orthodox Church honors the memory of St. Great Martyr Panteleimon. The healer's powers have been stored for 16 centuries in the altar of the monastery on Athos in Greece.
To the great martyr Panteleimon, Orthodox believers ask for relief from mental and physical ailments. His name is invoked when the sacrament of the Unction of the Sacrament is performed, at the prayer service for the sick and at the consecration of the water.
St. Panteleimon was born in Nicomedia, in the Asia Minor area of Bithynia, in the 4th century AD. E. During the reign of the cruel Emperor Maximilian, the ardent opponent of Christianity. His father, a noble pagan, called his son Panteleon, which means "lion." Panteleion enrolled in a pagan school, then studied medicine with a famous doctor. He was introduced to the Emperor Maximian Galerius (286-305), who left Panteleon at his court as a court physician.
At that time the presbyters Ermolai, Hermipus and Ermokrat, who had escaped the burning of Christians in the city church, were hiding in Nicomedia. Priest Ermolai drew attention to a young doctor and explained to him the basic truths of the Christian faith. Panteleon began to attend the presbyter and received from God the gift of healing the illness by invoking the name of Christ.
One day he saw a dead child in the street, bitten by a snake. Panteleon began to ask the Lord for the resurrection of the deceased, and the child came to life. After this miracle, Panteleion was baptized and assumed the name of Panteleimon, which means "all-gracious." Panteleimon treated all those who addressed him free of charge, who were medicated, who were prayers. This caused the envy of the doctors, and they informed the emperor that Panteleimon was a Christian.
Maximian persuaded Panteleimon to sacrifice idols, but he refused. The furious tyrant ordered the therapist to be tortured, but torture did him no harm. Then the torturers cut off St. Panteleimon's head, and milk came out of the wound along with the blood, and the olive tree, to which the saint was tied during the torture, was covered with olives.
Eyewitnesses described the life, suffering and death of St. Panteleimon. His holy relics dispersed throughout the Christian world, and the head is kept in the Russian Mount Athos St. Panteleimon monastery. On the day of the memory of the Great Martyr Panteleimon, thousands of people, Orthodox Christians and heterodox Armenians, Catholics and even Muslims gather in Nicomedia, and hundreds of sick people receive healings according to the prayers of the saint.
"He is a passionate Saint and a curative-minded man, Panteleimon, pray God's mercy, let sins leave our souls" (troparion).