OCTOBER 14, 2018 - "A HUSBAND AND WIFE BECOME WED TO THE CHURCH"
The story of ANDRONICUS and ATHANASIA is a touching tale of devotion. They lived in Antioch in the 4th century, both being from pious Christian families. Their early married years were happy ones. Andronicus was a successful goldsmith and soon became quite wealthy. He and his wife, however, felt compelled to share their riches with others. The pair faithfully divided their income into three portions: one was given to the poor, another to the Church and the third portion went for their own personal needs.
The couple was well-liked and respected in their community. Everyone rejoiced when they received their two greatest “treasures” from the Lord: a son John and a daughter Mary. They were determined to raise their children to follow in the footsteps of the Lord.
Tragedy, however, harshly disrupted this blessed household. One day, Andronicus and Athanasia returned home to find both their children ill with a severe fever. Within a few hours, they had fallen asleep in the Lord. The grief they experienced was almost too much to bear, but after having a comforting vision from the Martyr Julian – who assured them that their children were now in heaven – the couple decided to enter separate monastic communities. For 12 years, they faithfully abided by the ascetic practices of their respective monastery. Andronicus and Athanasia dies within 8 days of each other and were buried together, thus being reunited for all eternity.