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St. Alexis, Man of God

(date unknown)
Eastern legends say that Alexis was the son of a Roman senator. On his wedding night, he and his wife agreed to part, and he sailed for Edessa, where he lived 17 years as a beggar. An image of the Theotokos at a nearby church is said to have identified him as a man of God, and he, in humility and embarrassment, fled to Rome. His father gave the son he did not recognize menial employment and allowed him to live in the atrium of his house. After 17 years, Alexis died. An autobiography revealed his identity as the senator's son, and a mysterious voice again identified him as a man of God.

Karen Rae Keck


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