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Our father among the saints [[saint]]s '''Dionysius of Zakynthos''' was born in 1547 on the island of Zakynthos in the Ionian Sea. He was educated by priests [[priest]]s and became fluent in Greek, Italian, and Latin. He excelled in theology and received [[ordination ]] as the Priest 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"==
Saint St. Dionysius was remarkable in his forgiveness and love for his fellow man.
A man came to Saint St. Dionysius's cell and begged the Saint saint to hide him from his pursuers. When Saint St. Dionysius asked the man why he was being pursued, the man told him that he had killed a [[monk]], the saint's own beloved brother. Saint St. Dionysius was very grieved but hid the man and did not surrender him to the law. The murderer later repented and became a monk himself.
St . Dionysius is an example to us all for his forgiveness of even the most grievous sins against us.
=="The Wonderworker"==
Dionysios grants his people many blessings; and many miracles [[miracle]]s are reported in connection with his ministry.
For example, when the Greek Orthodox Church of St. [[George the Trophy-bearer|George]] was destroyed on [[September 11]], 2001 , during the World Trade Center attack, only two things were recovered intact: a [[cross]] and a paper [[icon]] of Dionysios.
=="The Walking Saint"==
Dionysius rests in the church which bears his name in Zakynthos, where opening his tomb is often found impossible. It appears as though this occurs when Dionysius is out performing miracles. Afterwards, when the tomb can be opened, seaweed is found at his feet and his slippers are found to be worn thin. In fact, his slippers need continual replacement because they receive so much wear. He is often seen alive and walking.
 
==External links==
*[http://goarch.org/en/chapel/saints.asp?contentid=342 Dionysios of Zakynthos] ([[GOARCH]])
*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?FSID=103564 Venerable Dionysius of Aegina] ([[OCA]])
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