Memorial Day of Rev. Roman Sweet-Man (14/10)

The Monk Roman the Melodist was born in the Syrian city of Emesa at the end of the 5th century. From a young age he led a pious and chaste life. During the reign of the Byzantine emperor Anastasius (491-518), the saint moved to Constantinople, where he served at the church in the name of the Theotokos in Kiri. He spent his life in fasting and prayer, toiling his body with numerous labors and all-night vigils. Soon St. Roman was made sexton in the church of Hagia Sophia.

The monk did not have the gift of singing and reading, but he led a virtuous life. Seeing St. Roman's special diligence for church obedience, Patriarch Euthymius (490-504) favored him, which aroused envy among other clerics.

Once, on the eve of the feast of the Nativity of Christ, when Emperor Anastasius himself was present in the church, the clergy forced Saint Roman to read and sing along with them. St. Roman, ridiculed by them, did not leave the church after the end of the service, but fell before the icon of the Most Holy Theotokos, wept and prayed for a long time.