Monday, 19 April 2021

Eastern Rite - Venerable John the Hermit

Today is the Feast of Our Venerable Father John the Ancient, Hermit.
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Venerable John the Hermit began his ascetic life at a young age according to records. He was born in Armenia to an Christian mother in the fourth century. John was the spiritual son of St. Pharmutius who taught him for a time. Eventually John chose to enter into a greater solitude, taking abode in the depths of a dry well where Pharmutius would bring him bread daily; bread provided by an angel according to a holy tradition.

Venerable John lived the life of hermit with great ascetic fervor for ten years and then is held to have gone to the Lord.

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