Saint Euphrosynos (or Euphrosynus) was born into a humble family in Alexandria in the ninth century. Desiring an anonymous monastic life, he entered a certain monastery in Palestine. His obedience was to cook for the brethren, and while doing so, he prayed constantly. He increased in holiness and virtue, but concealed this from his fellow monks.
On one occasion, a priest of the monastery asked the Lord to reveal the future Paradise to him. And so, in a dream, he saw the beauty and joy promised to the righteous. He also saw the cook Euphrosynos there. Amazed, he asked him how this could be. The cook explained that through the mercy of God, he was always in Paradise. He gave the priest three apples from the garden, and the priest awoke. Thinking it was all a dream, he was startled to find the three apples beside him.
He found Euphrosynos and asked him where he had been, and he said, "The same place you have been." The priest went to tell the brethren everything that had happened. Wanting to pay tribute to the cook, they went to the kitchen, but Euphrosynos had gone. He concealed himself in the wilderness and was never seen again. The brethren kept him in remembrance, knowing that he already dwelt in Paradise.
Saint Euphrosynos's feast is celebrated on September 11.
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St. Euphrosynos is often found in Orthodox kitchens. His feast day is September 11th.
Euphrosynos fulfilled his monastic obedience in the kitchen as a cook for the brethren of the monastery. He continually dwelt in prayer and fasting. The brethren often mocked him, but he did not complain and endured every unpleasantness. St. Euphrosynos pleased the Lord by his inner virtue. One time, a priest of the monastery had a vision of a heavenly garden and in it he saw Euphrosynos. Amazed, the Priest asked Euphrosynos how he came to be there. The saint replied that he was in Paradise through the great mercy of God. The priest then asked if Euphrosynos would be able to give him something from the surrounding beauty. St. Euphrosynos suggested the priest take whatever he wished, and so the priest pointed to three luscious apples growing in the garden of Paradise. Euphrosynos picked the three apples, wrapped them in a kerchief and gave them to him.
When the priest awoke in the early morning, he initially thought the vision a dream, but suddenly he noticed next to him the cloth with the fruit of Paradise wrapped in it, emitting a wondrous fragrance.
Later, the priest related everything he had experienced to the brothers, pointing out the spiritual heights of Euphrosynos in pleasing God and to the fragrant fruit of Paradise. Deeply impressed by what they heard, the monks went to the kitchen to pay respect to St. Euphrosynos. But, they did not find him there. Fleeing human glory, Euphrosynos had fled the monastery. The place where he concealed himself remained unknown, but the monks always remembered that their monastic brother St. Euphrosynos had come upon Paradise.
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