ST. JULIAN SABAS, HERMIT
ST. JULIAN, for his wisdom and prudence, was
surnamed Sabas, which signifies in Syriac, the Gray or Old Man. He
flourished in the fourth age living first in a damp cave near Edessa,
afterwards on Mount Sinai in Arabia Austere penance, manual labor,
and assiduous prayer and contemplation were the means by which he
sanctified his soul. He saw in spirit the death of Julian the
Apostate in Persia, by which God delivered his church from the storm
with which that persecutor then threatened it.1 The Arians under
Valens abusing the authority of this saint’s name, he left his
solitude, and coming to Antioch loudly confounded them, and wrought
many miracles. When he had given an ample testimony to the true
faith, he returned to his cell, where he instructed a great number of
disciples, who edified the church long after his death. St.
Chrysostom calls him a wonderful man, and describes the great honor
with which he was received living, and his name venerated after his
death.2 See Theodoret, Hist. Relig. c. 2; Bulteau, Hist. Mon.
d’Orient, t. 2; Fleury,1. 16, n. 28, &c. This saint is
named in the Roman Martyrology on the 14th of January, but by the
Greeks both on this day and on the 24th of this month.