St. Alexander


1) (d.430) Greek monk who founded monastic communities in Syria by the Euphrates river. He also founded one in Constantinople. It was he who started the tradition of "sleepless" (akimiti) monks. They would pray and sing all day and all night without taking breaks. Therefore, he is also known as Akimitis.
St. Alexander was known to like to travel and meet people.
2) (d.c.336) Bishop of Constantinople who once made Arius bowels spill out just by praying at the council of Nicaea.

Orthodox nameday: 30/8

 

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