In 830 he left Sicily after the Arab invasion of his home to start a monastic life in Thessalonica. Thence he went to Constantinople. He was sent on a mission to Rome by Gregory of Dekapolis during the Iconoclastic persecution. On route, he was captured by Pirates and spent a year as slave in Crete.
His hymns are still sung, not only by Eastern Christians, but by Western Christians as well. He is recognised as a saint in both traditions. A number of his hymns have been translated into English.
Hymns written by St Joseph the Hymnographer (c. 816-c. 886).
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