The Monk John the Hermit
Commemorated on June 19
The Monk John the
Hermit practised asceticism in Palestine. He passed his days in fasting and
prayer in a cave not far from Jerusalem. The un-covetous ascetic had only an
image of the Most Holy Mother of God, before which always was lighted a lampada.
The holy elder often visited the holy places of Jerusalem, and Mount Sinai, and
he went to pray at the grave-sites of the holy martyrs and ascetics. In
departing, the monk left the lampada burning before the image of the Queen of
Heaven and he asked a blessing for the journey. Having returned after a month or
even after six months, the elder found the lampada burning and filled with oil.
One time he happened to go on a narrow trail, with two sides overgrown with
thickets, such that it was impossible for two persons on foot to pass by each
other. Towards the monk came a lion. The beast stood up on its hind legs and
freed the way for the saint.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.