Modestus of Jerusalem

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Modestus of Jerusalem (Died 630 A.D.) was a Patriarch of Jerusalem whose Christian parents died when he was five months old.  Still raised Christian, as an adult he was sold as a slave in Egypt.  He converted his pagan master to Christianity, who subsequently freed him.

In 614, the last great shah of the Sassanian Empire, Khosrow II, destroyed Jerusalem, killed 66,509 Christians and captured Zacharias of Jerusalem, the then Patriarch of Jerusalem, and the True Cross (said to be the cross upon which Jesus was crucified). Modestus was then chosen to stand in for Zacharias as Patriarch. He buried the monks killed at the monastery of Saint Sabbas the Sanctified and rebuilt the Holy Sepulchre (the church which contains the site of Jesus Christ’ crucifixion and burial).  Modestus was buried in the Church of the Eleona on the Mount of Olives.

Writings:

  • The Dormition of Mary

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Quotes and Excerpts:

“As the most glorious Mother of Christ, our Savior and our God and the giver of life and immortality, has been endowed with life by him, she has received an eternal incorruptibility of the body together with him who has raised her up from the tomb and has taken her up to himself in a way known only to him.”
The Dormition of Mary (Written ca 600 A.D.)

“When Mary completed her life’s voyage, our God summoned His Ark to be brought home from Zion to Himself, just as David, her ancestor, had said of her in a psalm, “Go up O Lord to your place of rest, you and your ark of sanctification,” (Ps 132:8). She is not carried like Moses ark of old, drawn by oxen, but escorted and surrounded by an army of heaven’s holy angels.”
Encomium on the Dormition of Mary (ca 610 A. D.)

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