This calendar of saints is drawn from several denominations, sects, and traditions. Although it will no longer be updated daily, the index on the right will guide visitors to a saint celebrated on any day they choose. Additional saints will be added as they present themselves to Major.

Friday, November 4, 2011

November 4 -- Feast of Saint John of Zedazeni

Not this Georgia
This Georgia
Saint John of Zedazeni was a Syrian monk, living in Antioch in the sixth century.  Following instructions delivered by a vision of the Theotokos (Mary, Mother of Jesus), he recruited twelve like-minded monks and headed to the the monastery of Saint Simeon the Stylite .  There they trained to evangelize, and from there set out for Georgia. 

Mount Zedazeni -- Some fine caves to live in, if you like that.
John chose a spot high up on Mount Zedazeni to settle.  It had been the site of a pagan temple; he liked the idea of taking the fight to the demons that might be inhabiting the area.  He made friends with the local bears, whom he said were friendlier than the local Georgians.  Nevertheless, over time he and his band of monks won converts to Christianity and built up a community of faith to eventually overspread the country.