Zeno the Isaurian

Daniel the Stylite

Saint Daniel the Stylite (c. 409 - 493) is a saint of the Eastern Orthodox, Byzantine Catholic, and Roman Catholic Churches. He was born in a village by the name of Maratha in upper Mesopotamia near Samosata, in today what is now a region of Turkey. He entered a monastery at the age of twelve and lived there until he was thirty-eight. During a voyage he made with his abbot to Antioch, he passed by Tellnesin and received the benediction and encouragement of St. Simeon Stylites. Then he visited the holy places, stayed in various convents, and retired in 451 into the ruins of a pagan temple.

He began his rigorous way of life shortly after his master died. He established himself near Constantinople, where he was visited by both the Emperor Leo I the Thracian and the Emperor Zeno the Isaurian.

Saint Daniel is commemorated 11 December on the liturgical calendars of the Eastern Orthodox, Byzantine Catholic, and Roman Catholic Churches.

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