Hilarion the Anchorite - Rosanne Pappas

This year I've decided to sketch many of The Great Holy Men and Women of the Church. Come along with me on this journey as we get to know our elder brothers and sisters in faith.

"And therefore we also having so great a cloud of witnesses over our head, laying aside every weight and sin which surrounds us, let us run by patience to the fight proposed to us," Heb 12:1


Hilarion the Anchorite

October 21

Hilarion the Anchorite [Greek: Ιλαρίων ο έγκλειστος, Ilarion O Egleistos] (c.291-371) was born to pagan Greek parents in Gaza (in modern Palestine) and was sent to study philosophy in Alexandria once he came of age. He eventually converted to Christianity, and after hearing of the ascetic and saintly hermit Anthony the Great he resolved to abandon all of his worldly possessions for a solitary life of prayer. He moved to the Sinai desert and began to follow the spiritual guidance of Anthony and spent the remainder of his life living in caves and observing extreme fasts. Over time, he travelled back to Gaza and began to preach the Gospel, attracting many followers through the working of miracles.


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