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Dionysius of Zakynthos

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[[Image:Dionysioszakynthos.jpg|right|thumb|An icon of the hieromonk and bishop St. Dionysius of Zakynthos.]]Our father among the [[saint]]s '''Dionysius of Zakynthos''' was born in 1547 on the island of Zakynthos in the Ionian Sea. He was educated by [[priest]]s and became fluent in Greek, Italian, and Latin. He excelled in theology and received [[ordination]] as the priest Daniel in 1570; he later became [[hieromonk]] of Zakynthos and Strofades. In 1577 he was raised to [[Archbishop]] of Aegina. After a year at Aegina he returned to Zakynthos, where he was appointed bishop and president. In 1622 he went into solitude, and on [[December 17]] he fell asleep in the Lord and was buried. However, it has been found that his body remains intact and emits a mixed fragrance of flowers and frankincense. Therefore he is [[veneration|venerated]], and his sainthood has been proclaimed by the [[Patriarch of Constantinople]]. His [[feast day]] is celebrated on December 17, and on [[August 24]], the Church celebrates the transfer of his holy [[relics]].
=="The Saint of Forgiveness"==
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