Saint Cosmas and Missionary Work

Fr Anastasios Hudson, who is a priest serving the Raleigh/Durham area as well as the Greenville area in North Carolina, wrote an article on his own blog regarding missionary work in our modern day, referencing the work of St Cosmas the Aetolian.  St Cosmas lived in Greece around the middle of the 18th century, during a period of time in Greece when Orthodoxy was on the decline.  Missionary work can bear one of two meanings.  It can mean going to a foreign land and preaching, or it can mean evangelizing among those living near one’s own home.  The latter is especially needed here in America, and was needed at the time of St Cosmas in Greece as well.  He would travel from one village to another, preaching out in the open.  In this manner, he helped educate many Orthodox Christians which helped them to remain within the Church and improve their faith.  The life of St Cosmas should inspire us to do here in America what he did in Greece: to share the teachings of Christ with our fellow Americans, so that they might accept baptism and become part of His Church.

Certainly, Christianity has a rich history of such people being sent away from the comforts of their homeland in order to work for the salvation of others.  However, there is an equally great need, especially in today’s modern Western world, to conduct such efforts at home.

[Saint Cosmas] would go from village to village, and set up a Cross in the square.  Various Christians would come to hear his teachings, which he presented in simple language so that most could readily understand him.  Saint Cosmas established over 100 schools in his years of struggle. His earthly body was silenced… and helped thousands of Christians to improve their faith and avoid apostasy…

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