This feast day
is more popular in the far southwest and southeast regions of
Bulgaria. According to the folklore traditions, the women are supposed
to give out votively baked round breads which will keep the cattle
safe and the family healthy throughout the year.
That day the Orthodox Church celebrates the Day of Saint Modestos,
Archbishop of Jerusalem, born into a Christian family in Cappadocian
Sebasteia (Asia Minor). From his youth he had felt a strong attraction
towards strict monastic life. Saint Modestos accepted monastic
tonsure. Afterwards, he became Head of the monastery of Saint
Theodosios the Great in Palestine. At this time (the year 614),
military forces of the Persian ruler Chosroes fell upon Syria and
Palestine, killing ninety thousand Christians and destroying Christian
churches. Patriarch Zacharias of Jerusalem and a multitude of
Christians were taken into captivity, along with the Cross of the
Lord. Saint Modestos was entrusted to govern the Jerusalem Church
temporarily as locum tenets of the patriarchal cathedral.
With the help of Patriarch John the Merciful of Alexandria
(November 12), Saint Modestos set about restoring devastated Christian
shrines, among which the Sepulchre of the Lord. He reverently buried
the murdered monks from the monastery of Saint Sabbas the Sanctified.
After fourteen years, Patriarch Zacharias returned from
captivity with the Cross of the Lord, and after his death, Saint
Modestos became Patriarch of Jerusalem. Saint Modestos died at age 97
in the year 634.
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