Saint Iorest, Metropolitan of Ardeal, Confessor of Romania

Saint Iorest the Confessor was born into a peasant family of Transylvania, and received the name Elias in Baptism.

At an early age he entered the Puta Monastery and was tonsured with the name Iorest. He made great progress in the spiritual life, and was also a calligrapher and an iconographer. Because of his virtuous life, the igumen of the monastery recommended him to be ordained to the holy priesthood. Saint Iorest served in the altar with great compunction and fear of God, edifying others by his sermons.

In 1640, Prince Basil Lupu of Moldavia proposed Saint Iorest to succeed Metropolitan Gennadius of Ardeal, who had reposed. By God’s will, Saint Iorest was chosen to lead the church in Transylvania, and was installed as Metropolitan in 1641.

For three years the holy archpastor defended his flock from the snares of the devil, and from the false teachings of the Calvinists. He traveled throughout his diocese appointing priests, consecrating churches, and teaching the people.

Saint Iorest was thrown into prison in 1643 because of his zealous opposition to the activities of foreign missionaries who wished to convert the Orthodox faithful. For nine months he endured beatings and abuse, then he was released and ordered to pay a fine.

Saint Iorest returned to Moldavia in 1656-1657, and was appointed as Bishop of Hushi. Here too, he served the Church well, laboring for the salvation of the flock which God had entrusted to him. The Lord called Saint Iorest to himself on April 24, 1657.