Cosmas, Bishop of Scythopolis

Cosmas, Bishop Of Scythopolis and metropolitan, succeeded Olympius in 466. He was a native of Cappadocia, but, with his two brothers, Chrysippus and Gabriel, was brought up in Syria under the famous abbot St. Euthymius, who on their first application for admission to his monastery rejected them on account of their youth, but afterwards, being warned in' a dream, admitted them. Cosmas was ordained deacon by Juvenal of Jerusalem about the time of the Council of Ephesus, and afterwards raised by him to the presbyterate. He was ordained bishop of Scythopolis by Anastasius, Juvenal's successor; held the see for thirty years, and died in 496. The third brother, Gabriel, was ordained priest, and was twenty-four years abbot of the monastery of St. Stephen. He founded a small monastery in honor of the Ascension, in a valley of Olivet, and died at the age of eighty years (Cyrill. Scythop. Vit. S. Euthem. 40, 54, etc.; Le Quien, Oriens Christianus). SEE CHRYSIPPUS.

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