Venerable Neophytus of Vatopedi, Mt Athos

This saint was the Prosmonarios (the keeper of a church, one who waits for and receives those who come to worship) at Vatopaidi Monastery on the Holy Mountain during the fourteenth century, and he was sent to the Monastery’s metochion (representation church) at Euboia. There he became very sick and so he prayed before the icon of the Mother of God, asking her to let him return to his monastery so that he might die there. Then he heard the voice of the Most Holy Theotokos telling him to return to his monastery, and to be prepared for death at any moment. Saint Neophytos immediately became well, and went back to Vatopaidi.

A year later, after receiving the Holy Mysteries of Christ, he heard again the voice of the Most Holy Theotokos coming from the mouth of her holy icon, telling him that it was time for him to fall asleep. He became ill once more and, after asking forgiveness from the brethren, he surrendered his soul to the Lord.