18 October 2011
The exalted life of St Dionysius became known, and many monks came to hear his edifying words. He also guided many lawless people onto the path of salvation, among whom was a robber who intended to rob the saint's cell, but was moved to repentance by the Elder's kind and wise words.
The brethren of Philotheou Monastery lost their abbot and asked St Dionysios to be their head. However, he did not receive enough votes, and dissensions arose. Valuing peace and love most of all, St Dionysios withdrew and went to Verria (Berea). Later, he fled to Mount Olympus in order to avoid being consecrated as a bishop.
Here those zealous for monasticism began to flock to him. Dionysios built cells for them and also a church and they spent their time in fasting and prayer. Having attained the spiritual heights, he worked many miracles. Often, through the prayers of the saint, the Lord punished iniquitous people who oppressed the monks of Olympus or broke the commandments of Christ. The holdings of a Turk who had expelled the monks and wrecked their monastery were destroyed by severe drought and by hail. The cattle of a herdsman who had oppressed the monastery were stricken with disease and sickness; because of her impudence, a maiden from one of the villages was subjected to an assault of the devil. They all received healing and deliverance from misfortune through the prayers of St Dionysios, after being led to penitence by his lack of malice.
The saint compiled a Rule for monastic life, and was an example of monastic activity. He built a church on Olympus dedicated to the Prophet Elias. He left the brethren his final testament about the monastic life based on the Rule of the Holy Mountain.
St Dionysios died in the sixteenth century at an advanced age, and was buried on Olympus, in the church portico of the monastery he founded.
Apolytikion in the First Tone
Thou didst prove to be a citizen of the desert, an angel in the flesh, and a wonderworker, O Dionysios, our God-bearing Father. By fasting, vigil, and prayer thou didst obtain heavenly gifts, and thou healest the sick and the souls of them that have recourse to thee with faith. Glory to Him that hath given thee strength. Glory to Him that hath crowned thee. Glory to Him that worketh healings for all through thee.