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St. Romanus the Melodist
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St. Romanus the Melodist Orthodox Icon
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Commemorated on October 1 / 14 (St. Romanos)

According to Bishop Nikolai Velimirovch in The Prologue from Ohrid:

"Born in the Syrian town of Emesa, he served as a verger first in Beirut and then in Constantinople at the cathedral, in the time of Patriarch Euphemius (490-96). Illiterate and with no musical training, he was despised by certain educated clergy. St Romanus prayed weeping to the Mother of God, and she appeared to him in a dream, held a piece of paper out to him and told him to swallow it. The following day was Christmas Day, and Romanus went up to the ambo and, with an angelic voice, sang: 'Today the Virgin which has come down to us as the Kontakion of the Feast. All marvelled at the words of the hymn and at the singer's voice. Receiving thus the gift of song from the Mother of God, Romanus composed more than a thousand kontakia. He died as a deacon of the Great Church in Constantinople in 530, and went to join the angelic choir."

St. Romanos is known as the patron saint of musicians and writers.

This is a laminated and mounted print.

Size: 7" x 9 1/2"
 
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