10 Things to Know About St. Dionysius the Areopagite

St. Paul Preaching in Athens
by Raphael (1515)

St. Dionysius was a member of the Areopagus Council which held its meetings at a forum also called the Areopagus (AR-e-OP-a-gus) in Athens.

St. Dionysius?  With Damaris to his Right?
In the midst of his 2nd Missionary Journey, while in Athens, Paul was invited to speak at the Areopagus, for many in Athens were intrigued with the words he was saying.

They took him [Paul] and led him to the Areopagus and said, "May we learn what this new teaching is that you speak of?"
- Acts 17:19

The Areopagus in Athens

St. Dionysius was one of those who went to the Areopagus to hear what Paul had to say.

Paul Preaching at the Areopagus

While some came to believe Paul's words, many did not.  Dionysius was one who believed.

St. Dionysius?

A lady named Damaris also came to believe.  She is honored as a saint on October 3 in the Orthodox Church.

But some did join him [Paul], and became believers.  Among them were Dionysius, a member of the Court of the Areopagus, a woman named Damaris, and others with them.
- Acts 17:34

St. Dionysius may have been the first bishop of Athens (some sources claim that St. Hierotheus was).

The The Cathedral Basilica of St. Dionysius the Areopagite - Athens, Greece

Some resources claim that years before he heard Paul's preaching, Dionysius observed a strange eclipse prompting a powerful sentiment of God's suffering.  It is believed that the eclipse took place during the Crucifixion of Jesus.

The Interior of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Dionysius the Areopagite - Athens, Greece

The Areopagus is now a popular place of pilgrimage for Christians, likely due to Paul's preaching and Dionysius's conversion.

Craggy Carved-in-Stone Steps Leading to the Areopagus

The Feast of St. Dionysius is October 3.

St. Paul Preaching to St. Dionysius the Areopagite, Damaris, and Others

The story of St. Dionysius the Areopagite has, in the past, been erroneously blended in with a later saint with the same name ... St. Dionysius (or St. Denis) of Paris

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  1. Every time you referenced "Areopagus" my brain read it as "Asparagus" ... more healthy, but less accurate.


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