Born in Alexandria (d.c.311), Cyrus was a doctor who, at the time of the
persecution of Christians, became a monk and left for Arabia. There he
used his skills as a doctor and was wele praised.
John, an army officer from Edessa, heard about Cyrus. He traveled to Arabia
and found Cyrus. They became friends and together went to the aid of a
Christian woman in Canopus. The woman and her three daughters were being
persecuted for their faith. When Cyrus and John tried to help, they along
with the mother and daughters were beheaded.
St.Cyrus is painted as a nearly bald man holding a medical flask in his
left hand. In agreement with hagiographic information, he wears the analov
of a monk. He is mistakenly labeled as Sampson. The major part of the
zone of the west wale is reserved for portraits of the holy doctors who
heald their patients without asking fees. All the figures were repainted
in the early 19th c., but the original iconography was preserved.
from: IN THE HEART OF HILANDAR,William Taylor Hosteter,Jr.CD-ROM
Selected by Ljubomir Vujakilja
The author gave permission for reproduction