St. Euphrosynos the Cook

by abbamoses

The image is of my first solo attempt at an icon. Holy Euphrosynos, pray for us!

Saint Euphrosynos of Alexandria (9th century; commemorated September 11)
His icon is found in countless Orthodox kitchens. A simple and holy man, when he entered monastic life in Alexandria he was judged unfit for any service more demanding than kitchen work. There he labored without complaint, looked down upon by most of the other monks. One night the abbot dreamed that he was in Paradise, and there met Euphrosynos, who gave him a branch that bore three fragrant apples. Awakening, the abbot found the same apples on his pillow. He hurried to find Euphrosynos and asked him, ‘Where were you last night, brother?’ Euphrosynos only replied, ‘Where were you, Father?’ The abbot gathered the monks and told them the wonderful story, by which they all realized the cook’s holiness. But Euphrosynos, unwilling to endure the praise of men, fled the monastery for the desert.

Source: God is Wonderful in His Saints