Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Happy Feast of St. John Cassian

Years ago, I read that Saint John Cassian could be said to be the patron saint of transcribers because he is shown in this icon transcribing scripture.  Since this is what I do for a living, I purchased the icon and it has been hanging in my icon corner ever since.

Today I have discovered that Saint John Cassian is a Leap Day Saint in the Orthodox Church.

You can read The Conferences of Saint John Cassian in their entirety online.  In it, he gives us a window into early Christian monasticism--even earlier than St. Benedict, who took St. John Cassian's work as an inspiration for his rule.

You can also read The 12 Books of St. John Cassian at osb.org.

2 comments:

Barbara Schoeneberger said...

Thanks, Dymphna. I've bookmarked this for future reading.

Dymphna said...

You're welcome, Barbara!

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