November 9 – Theoctiste of Lesbos; Benen of Ireland

Theoctiste of Lesbos (ca. 828–ca. 882) was orphaned young, and sent to a monastery by relatives. She took to monasticism like a proverbial does to cliché, and memorized a good bit of the psalms, prayers, and services. One year she went to visit her sister, who was not raised in the monastery (wait—what?), for Pascha.… Continue reading November 9 – Theoctiste of Lesbos; Benen of Ireland