Saints of the Russian Orthodox Church: Stylianos of Paphlagonia

Stylianos of Paphlagonia(app. 400AD-500 AD) or Stylianos the Hermit is an unusual Saint highly venerated in the Russian Orthodox Church. On one hand, he is an example of a pious asceticism, on the other he is a healer & children’s protector.

Saint Stylianos was born in a poor family in Andrianopolis. Since youth he was very pious, so he decided to join a monastery. Left all his possessions to the poor, he took of monastic vows. Nevertheless his devotion & asceticism made other monks jealous so he was forced to abandon them & to shelter as a hermit in a cave in the wildness. It was his first Christian deed, the one that opened to him all the solemnity of the world created by Lord. He spent days offering prayers & fasting, but he did not leave the laic world. He returned back to people to preach, to encourage them & to heal.

The second deed was a  gift of healing descended upon him through a little boy who he cured with the force of the Saint Spirit & a prayer. This incredible event made him famous & all kinds of people in need began visiting his cave where they obtain an instant saving & healing.

Saint Stylianos paid great attention to children: he cured their flesh & gave them spiritual education. Probably, he was one of the first founder of a nursery school. Besides, he became a parton of all the newborn babies & thanks to him a plenty of childless women became mothers.

They say that he was a kind, a quiet & a smiling person. He lived a long life & even in the article of death his countenance kept a smile & a solemn brilliance of the Saint Spirit.

Saint Stylianos is celebrated on the 9th of December.

Maria KethuProfumo


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10 Responses to Saints of the Russian Orthodox Church: Stylianos of Paphlagonia

  1. Beautiful description, Dear Maria. Thank you.

  2. fulvialuna1 says:

    Grazie per avermelo fatto conoscere ❤

  3. wwayne says:

    “Probably, he was one of the first founder of a nursery school.” Questo sì che è un grande merito! 🙂

  4. Hi Maria, I have not heard of Saint Stylianos before. It is good to learn about him and know he helped children.

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