img_2828Emperor John Vataztes the Merciful

November 4

Emperor John Vataztes the Merciful was married to Irene, the daughter of Theodore Laskareos, the pious man who composed the Great Paraklesis to the Theotokos. Soon after his marriage, he ascended the throne as Emperor of Nicea in 1222 AD. He ruled with Christ-like justice and meekness, and gave alms generously to the people. He reposed in peace after many years of servitude to his people. Seven years after his burial, through divine revelations, the faithful were instructed to translate his relics to Magnesia in Asia Minor. When they opened the tomb, instead of a rotting corpse and a foul odour, they found the righteous king’s body completely in tact, emitting a heavenly fragrance. The skin of the Saint had not darkened at all and it was said he looked as if he was made of white marble. From here developed the tradition of the Marble King. According to tradition (and even many saints) before the end of time, the Marble King will rise from his tomb and liberate his people. Many Christians hope in this being the means of reclaiming our kingly City of Constantinople.

Ἀπολυτίκιον
Ἦχος α΄. Τῆς ἐρήμου πολίτης.
Τὸν λαμπρὸν βασιλέα καὶ πιστῶν μέγα καύχημα, καὶ τῆς Μαγνησίας τὸ κλέος, Ἰωάννην τιμήσωμεν, ἐν ὕμνοις καὶ ᾠδαῖς πνευματικαῖς, τὴν μνήμην ἐκτελοῦντες τὴν αὐτοῦ, ἵνα λάβωμεν πλουσίως τὴν ἀμοιβήν, συμφώνως ἀνακράζοντες· δόξα τῷ σὲ δοξάσαντι Χριστῷ, δόξα τῷ σὲ στεφανώσαντι, δόξα τῷ ἐνεργοῦντι διὰ σοῦ πᾶσιν ἰάματα.