On the 3rd of October in the Holy Orthodox Church, we commemorate St. Dionysios the Areopagite. He is mentioned in Acts 17:19-34. He was a learned Athenian, a member of the Athenian court on Mars Hill (Areos Pagos in Greek, from which the title ‘Areopagite’ comes). At the time of Christ’s crucifixion, he was studying in Egypt and saw the sky darkened there for three hours when Christ breathed His last. He later married and had several children. When St Paul preached in Athens, Dionysius was among the first to believe, and became either the first (according to some)Bishop of Athens, or the second, succeeding St Hierotheos (commemorated tomorrow, October 4). With St Hierotheos he was present at the Dormition of the Mother of God. He received a martyr’s end in his old age, possibly in Athens. He is the author of several famous works of mystical theology, including On the Divine Names.
Apolytikion of St. Dionysios in the Fourth Mode
Since thou hadst been instructed in uprightness thoroughly
and was vigilant in all things
thou wast clothed with a conscience as befiteth one holy
Thou didst draw from the Chosen Vessel ineffable mysteries;
And having kept the Faith,
thou didst finish a like course, O Hieromartyr Dionysios.
Intercede with Christ our God that our souls be saved.