According to the Orthodox Church Saint Procopius, the son of devout peasants, first feigned madness to escape a marriage that was being urged on him.
He spent his life in the streets half-naked, slept wherever night overtook him and would never accept the shelter of a house. He used signs to make himself understood and never spoke a word, except to his spiritual father, with whom he would converse normally as a man in possession of all his faculties. When he was given an article of clothing, he wore it for a while out of obedience and then give it away to someone poor.
When he visited the sick, he set fire to the beds of those who were going to get better, and rolled up in their sheets those who were going to die. He made many predictions, often by means of disconcerting prophetic signs, whose meaning became clear with the event. He spent thirty years in foolishness for Christ and, having foretold his death, fell asleep in peace in 1627.” (Synaxarion)
On this day lift before God:
- Those considered mad or fools by others.
- Those who choose not to speak.
- Those for whom clothing is a difficult sensory experience.
- All who diligently visit the sick and the dying.