St Epiphanius of Salamis – Feast Day – May 12

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St Epiphanius, Bishop of Constantia (Salamis) in Cyprus was also known as Oracle of Palestine. He was born in 315 AD in Besanduk, near Eleutheropolis, Palestine and died in 403 AD at sea en route to Cyprus. We celebrate his feast day on May 12 every year in the Catholic Church.

The Memorial of St. Epiphanius of Salamis – Feast Day

St Epiphanius of Salamis Biography

Date of Birth 315 AD
Place of Birth Besanduk, near Eleutheropolis, Palestine
Matrimony/Holy Orders Bishop
Profession Bishop
Place of Work Cyprus
Date of Death 403 AD
Place of Death At sea en route to Cyprus
Feast Day May 12
Canonization Pre-Congregation

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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