Today we commemorate – Pope Leo of Rome

Our holy father Leo, Pope of Rome who, born in Etruria [i.e., Tuscany], first stood out as a diligent deacon of Rome. He was then elected to the chair of Peter, where rightly and by his merit he deserved to be called “the Great.”

The biographer notes that Leo nourished his flock by his excellent and prudent discourse. Because of his orthodox teaching on the incarnation of God, the true faith was vigorously affirmed through his delegates to the Ecumenical Council of Chalcedon.

He rested in the Lord at Rome, where he was buried on this day. (461)

You were the Church’s instrument / in strengthening the teaching of true doctrine; / you shone forth from the West like a sun dispelling the errors of the heretics. / Righteous Leo, entreat Christ God to grant us His great mercy. (Troparion — Tone 3)