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
, 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.