Gerasimus of Jordan

Gerasimus of the Jordan (Abba Gerasimus, Holy Righteous Father Gerasimus of Jordan—also spelled Gerasimos or Gerasim) - a Christian saint, monk and abbot of the 5th century A.D. Born in the province of Lycia in Cappadocia, [ [ Gerasimus near the Jordan] Studium Biblicum Franciscanum, Jerusalem] the southern part of Asia Minor into a wealthy family. [ Saint Gerasimus] Orthodox Church in America Website]

Gerasimus left his family wealth and worldly affairs to become a monk. He departed for the region Thebaid in the Egyptian desert, later again returning to his native Lycia. About the middle of 5th century Saint Gerasimus went to Palestine and settled in wilderness near the Jordan River. There he established a monastery and became known for his righteous life of asceticism and prayer. [ Orthodox Church in America] ] The story of Gerasimus and the lion, when the saint tamed the animal by removing a thorn from its paw and taught it obedience, became widely known in the Christian world. [ [ St. Gerasimus] Holy Innocents Orthodox Church] He is reputed to have attended to the Fourth Ecumenical Council at Chalcedon in 451.

Saint Gerasimus of the Jordan died in 475 (or, by other accounts 451). [ [ Life of our Venerable Father Gerasim of the Jordan] Православие.Ru ru icon] His feast day is celebrated on March 4 by the Eastern Orthodox Church and on March 5 by the Roman Catholic Church. [ [ Saint Gerasimus] Patron Saints Index, Catholic Forum]


External links

* [ Gerasimus of the Jordan] article in Orthodoxwiki
* [ St. Gerasimus of the Jordan] in St. Pachomius Library
* [ Venerable Gerasimus of the Jordan] Orthodox icon and synaxarion

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