Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Saint Epiphanius of Salamis – Saint of the Day – May 12

St. Epiphanius of Salamis Biography

St. Epiphanius of Salamis Profile. Born: 315 in Israel, Asia. Worked in Israel. Died: 403 in Israel. Feast Day is celebrated on May 12.


The Memorial of St. Epiphanius of Salamis – Saint of the Day

St. Epiphanius of Salamis Biography, Feast Day, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Beatification Date, Canonization Date

Date of Birth 315
Country of Birth Israel in Asia
Matrimony/Holy Orders Saints who were Monks
Profession Monk
Place of Work Israel
Date of Death 403
Place of Death Israel
Feast Day May 12
Canonization Canonized by Pre-Congregation
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Saint’s Biography

Saint Epiphanius of Salamis was born in Besanduk, near Eleutheropolis, Judea in Palestine. He came from a Hellenized Jewish family. Epiphanius became a Christian after seeing how a monk (Lucian) gave away his clothes to a poor person. He became a 26-year-old monk in the Holy’s monastery Hilarion in the desert south of Gaza. 

Epiphanius returned to Palestine in the year 333, where he became a priest and founded a monastery at Eleutheropolis, which he led for thirty years. He became an expert in the languages ​​needed to understand Scripture and spoke five languages ​​fluently (Hebrew, Egyptian (Coptic), Syrian, Greek and Latin).

Epiphanius‘s reputation for learning made him, in 367, elected bishop of Salamis (formerly known as Constantia) while remaining in his monastery. His reputation was so great that he was one of the few orthodox bishops who was not harassed by the Arian emperor Valens. He died in 403 at sea of natural causes.

Saint Epiphanius of Salamis
St. Epiphanius of Salamis

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