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
Sabbas the Sanctified
Sabbas the Sanctified [Arabic: ساباس قدس, Saabas Qds] [c. 439–532] was born at Mutalaska in Lebanon. At eight years of age, he entered the nearby monastery of Patriarch Flavian of Antioch. After spending ten years at the monastery, he went to Jerusalem, and to the monastery of Theoktistos where Sabbas secluded himself in a cave. On Saturdays, however, he left his hermitage and came to the monastery, where he participated in liturgical life and ate with the brethren. After a certain time Sabbas received permission not to leave his hermitage at all, and he lived in isolation in the cave for five years. Over time, disciples began to gather around Sabbas, seeking the monastic life. As the number of monks increased, he founded a new Monastery, in the Kidron Valley, south of Jerusalem. Many miracles took place through the prayers of Sabbas: at the monastery, a spring of water welled up, during a time of drought they received abundant rain, and there were also healings of the sick and the possessed.