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Saint Spyridon of Trimythous

About Saint Spyridon

Saint Spyridon of Trimythous is a revered figure in the Eastern Orthodox Church, known for his devout faith, simple lifestyle, and miraculous deeds. As the bishop of Trimythous (modern-day Cyprus), he became renowned for his pastoral care, humility, and defense of Orthodox Christianity during the 4th century.

Feast Day

December 12

Birth Place

Trimythous, Cyprus




Saint Spyridon of Trimythous

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Early Life and Education


Early Life and Education

Spyridon was born in Cyprus in the 3rd century into a simple, pious family. Before his call to serve the Church, he was a shepherd and was known for his compassion and generosity to those in need.


Ecclesiastical Career

Spyridon was chosen to become Bishop of Trimythous due to his exceptional virtue and piety. Despite his elevated position, he continued his simple, ascetic way of life, often still wearing his shepherd's clothes. He became known for his profound spirituality, wisdom, and numerous miracles.

He was a participant in the First Ecumenical Council of Nicaea in 325 AD, where he ardently defended the Orthodox Christian faith against Arian heresy. Legend has it that he used a simple potsherd to illustrate the Holy Trinity, making it a symbol of his teachings.

Ecclesiastical Career

Later Life and Canonization


Later Life and Canonization

Spyridon reposed in 348 AD, but his relics continue to be venerated and are known for exuding a fragrant myrrh. His feast day is celebrated on December 12 in the Orthodox Church.



Saint Spyridon of Trimythous is remembered for his profound faith, humble lifestyle, and strong defense of the Orthodox faith. His life and miracles continue to inspire Christians worldwide, offering an example of humility, charity, and unyielding commitment to God's teachings.

Those interested in learning more about the life and works of Orthodox Saints are invited to explore our collection here. Discover the inspiring journey of a saint whose faith and courage helped shape Christianity's early days.



Where are the relics of Saint Spyridon of Trimythous

The relics of Saint Spyridon of Trimythous are currently housed in the Church of Saint Spyridon in Corfu, Greece. The church is a significant place of pilgrimage and devotion, with many visiting to venerate the saint's relics and seek his intercessions. The relics were brought to Corfu in the 15th century when Corfiot Christians fled Cyprus due to Ottoman invasions. Since then, they have remained in Corfu, and Saint Spyridon is venerated as the island's patron saint.

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