St. Kosmas o Aitolos

August 24th

1714-1779. Martyred at age 65

After four centuries of Turkish occupation in Greece, Kosmas received the blessing from the Patriarch of Constantinople, to travel wherever needed with complete independence. He was to breath life back into Christianity in Greece. He was born early in the 18th century in Aitolia to a father who was a weaver and a devout mother. He attended public school, and attended a school on Mt. Athos. There he became a monk and later became a priest at Philotheou Monastery .

After a time he felt a calling to do missionary work in Greece, specializing in the areas where there was a lack of churches and priests for the many unbaptized adults. Kosmas was known to have prophesied of the telephone, airplanes , and aerial bombings. He travelled Greece, to the islands and Albania for 25 years founding over 200 schools, charities, and rural churches. He planted crosses wherever he went. The Muslims tried him on charges of conspiracy and sentenced him to hang. However one account reports that he prayed and gave up his spirit before this could occur. Patriarch Athenagoras canonized him in 1961 as Saint of our church.