Saturday Saints- #73

Today’s saint is inspired by the letter “S.” Hence, our saint for today is Saint Simeon Stylites the Elder:

Saint Simeon Stylites or Symeon the Stylite (Classical Syriac: ܫܡܥܘܢ ܕܐܣܛܘܢܐ šamʻun dasṯonáyá, Ancient Greek: Συμεὼν ὁ στυλίτης Symeon Stylites, Arabic: سمعان العموديsemaan al aamoudi ) (c. 388 – 2 September 459) was a Syriac ascetic saint who achieved fame for living 37 years on a small platform on top of a pillar near Aleppo in Syria. Several other stylites later followed his model (the Greek word style means pillar). He is known formally as Saint Simeon Stylites the Elder to distinguish him from Simeon Stylites the Younger, Simeon Stylites III and Saint Symeon Stylites of Lesbos.

His is a rather fascinating account. An ascetic who found an intriguing way of trying to escape the world, he was much sought after for advice. More can be found out about him at his wiki, located here.

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