Saint Theophylact of Ohrid
Saint Theophylact of Ohrid. 8x10" (25x30cm). Egg tempera and gold on panel.
Saint Theophylact of Ohrid lived for Christ in the 11th and 12th centuries. He became a renowned scholar in Constantinople, and was consecrated Archbishop of Ohrid, the capital of Bulgaria. His ministry was very pastoral in shepherding the newly converted Slavs into the Orthodox Christian faith. His commentaries on the New Testament survive to this day. A twentieth century Bishop of Ohrid, Saint Nikolai Velimirovic, wrote that Theophylact's "commentaries on the Four Gospels and other books of the New Testament ... are the finest works of their sort after St. John Chrysostom, and are read to this day with great benefit."