ISIDORUS OF SCETIS, SAINT

A fourth-century monk and priest. The alphabetical collection of the PATRUM devotes two chapters to Isidorus and to Isidorus the priest, but apart from some extracts from ISIDORUS OF PELUSIUM, it appears that all the items relate to the same person: Isidorus “the great,” priest of Scetis, of whom Cassian also speaks in his Conferences. A strenuous and a man of prayer, he was known for his gentleness and patience.

From the time he became a monk, he never burst into anger, and this mastery of himself won for him an extraordinary authority over the demons, and also miracle-working powers. One day he restored sight to a blind man. Above all, he had the gift of healing souls, and was successful in the most difficult cases. Without remission, he labored with all his might because, he said, “the Son of has come here for us.”

No special notice is devoted to him in the SYNAXARION, but he is described as a saint in an apothegm taken up in the notice in the Synaxarion devoted to Zacharias.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • Arras, V., ed. Collectio Monastica 14.38. CSCO 238, p. 118. Cotelier, J. B., ed. Patrum. PG 65, pp. 219-21, 232-36, 252. Paris, 1864.

LUCIEN REGNAULT