Hilarion

Saint Hilarion
Hilarion the Great (Menologion of Basil II).jpg
Hilarion the Great, by Basil II, c.1000 ( Vatican Library)
Abbot
Born 291 AD
Thabatha, south of Gaza in Syria Palaestina
Died 371 AD
Cyprus
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Eastern Orthodox Churches
Coptic Church
Canonized Pre-Congregation
Feast October 21

Hilarion (291–371) was an anchorite who spent most of his life in the desert according to the example of Anthony the Great.

Early life

The chief source of information regarding Hilarion is the biography written by St. Jerome. [1] The life of Hilarion was written by Jerome in 390 at Bethlehem. Its object was to further the ascetic life to which he was devoted. It contains, amidst much that is legendary, some statements which attach it to genuine history, and is in any case a record of the state of the human mind in the 4th century. [2]

Hilarion was born in Thabatha, south of Gaza in Syria Palaestina of pagan parents. He successfully studied rhetoric with a Grammarian in Alexandria. [3] It seems that he was converted to Christianity in Alexandria. After that, he shunned the pleasures of his day—theatre, circus and arena—and spent his time attending church. According to St. Jerome, he was a thin and delicate youth of fragile health.

Other Languages
العربية: هيلاريوس
български: Иларион Велики
español: Hilarión
français: Hilarion de Gaza
עברית: הילריון
ქართული: ილარიონ დიდი
Nederlands: Hilarion van Gaza
sicilianu: Sant'Ilariuni
српски / srpski: Иларион Велики
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Hilarion
Türkçe: Hilarion