Saint Donatos is the protector
saint of Paramythia.
He lived during the period when
Great Theodosis was Imperor, and was bishop of Evria, one among the 12 cities of Epirus, in the area
where today lies Choika. Born around 310 and died in
387. During the first 3 decades of his life, he lived
in Vouthroto of Epirus, where was teaching. Few years
later, he became bishop of Evria. He was very popular
among simple people as his actions were always to help
the poor and weak around him.
- For all these virtues, God gave him
the gift of miracle-making. He built a temple,
with royal money, and decorated it majestically.
All his deeds was for the good of people in the
area, which trusted him.
- Besides Evria, St. Donatos had
activities also in Isoreia city, where today
lies Glyki, near the spring of Acheron river,
and also in Omfalion city, where the story says
the gate of Hades was. The spot where the souls
of dead people were carried by Charon from
Acherousia lake to Nekromanteio.Among the wonders regarding St. Donatos, there was a
very long period of aridity, and soon after his
prays to God, started raining. Around 360 Great
Theodosis daughter suffered from epilepsy, and
St. Donatos cured her only by his presence and
praying to God. The spring of Acheron river,
near Glyki, the story says was cursed and the
water couldn’t been drunk, St. Donatos killed
a monstrous snake near by, exorcised the evil
and the spring water was pure again.
St. Donatos brought back to life a dead
man, to prove the payment of a loan to an
usurer, which was trying to cheat his widow,
after his death
- .Today, his grace is celebrated on 30th
of April, and in Paramythia, where this day is
considered holiday, take place a religious
procession regarding his icon and remaining
relics which are preserved on the Holy Temple of
St. Donatos, in the centre of city.