screen-shot-2016-10-13-at-6-05-35-pmAndronicus and his wife Athanasia of Egypt

October 9

The Venerable Andronicus and Athanasia were married with two children. They raised them in piety and prayer, however when the eldest child was 12, he fell ill with a fever along with his sister. The children soon reposed, leaving Andronicus and Athanasia childless. In grief, Athanasia prayed fervently to Saint Justin the Martyr who appeared to her saying that her children were indeed in Heaven, and that she should rather weep for her own sins instead. The holy couple set out for Alexandria where Andronicus became a monk and Athanasia a nun. After many years of prayer and piety, Andronicus went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Lands. He there met a fellow pilgrim by the name of Father Athanasios (actually his wife Athanasia disguised as a monk to avoid any issues travelling alone). They agreed to travel together but remain in silence and prayer. They eventually settled in a monastery together and only after her death was “Father Athanasios'” true identity discovered.

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Ἦχος πλ. α’. Τὸν συνάναρχον Λόγον.
Σωφροσύνης τὴν χλαῖναν τὴν θεούφαντον, κατεποικίλατε χρόαις τῶν ἱερῶν ἀρετῶν, ὁμοφρόνως ἐν σπουδῇ ἄμφω ἀσκήσαντες, ὅθεν ὑμῶν τὴν σιωπήν, ἡ τρισάγιος ᾠδή, ἐδέξατο ἐν ὑψίστοις, Ἀνδρόνικε σὺν τὴ θεία, Ἀθανασία τὴ Θεόφρονι.