Hilarion the Great

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The memory of '''Hilarion the Great''' is celebrated on [[October 21]].   
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Our venerable and God-bearing Father '''Hilarion the Great''' (also ''Ilarion'') was one of the [[Desert Fathers]] of the fourth century.  His [[feast day]] is celebrated on [[October 21]].   
  
 
==Life==
 
==Life==
 
 
[[Saint]] Hilarion the Great was born in 292 AD at Tabatha, a town near Gaza in Palestine.  His family were pagans. He converted to [[Orthodox Christianity|Christianity]] and was [[baptism|baptized]] after studying in Alexandria.
 
[[Saint]] Hilarion the Great was born in 292 AD at Tabatha, a town near Gaza in Palestine.  His family were pagans. He converted to [[Orthodox Christianity|Christianity]] and was [[baptism|baptized]] after studying in Alexandria.
  
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==External links==
 
==External links==
*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=103009 Venerable Hilarion the Great] ([[OCA]])
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*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?FSID=103009 Venerable Hilarion the Great] ([[OCA]])
 
*[http://www.goarch.org/en/chapel/saints.asp?contentid=251 Hilarion the Great] ([[GOARCH]])  
 
*[http://www.goarch.org/en/chapel/saints.asp?contentid=251 Hilarion the Great] ([[GOARCH]])  
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*[http://www.westsrbdio.org/prolog/my.html?day=21&month=October The Prologue from Ohrid: The Venerable Hilarion the Great]
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*[http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/3003.htm The Life of Saint Hilarion] by St. [[Jerome]] ([[Roman Catholic|Catholic]])
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*[[w:Hilarion|''Hilarion'' at Wikipedia]]
  
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[[Category:Desert Fathers]]
 
[[Category:Saints]]
 
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[[ro:Ilarion cel Mare]]
 
[[ro:Ilarion cel Mare]]

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Our venerable and God-bearing Father Hilarion the Great (also Ilarion) was one of the Desert Fathers of the fourth century. His feast day is celebrated on October 21.

Life

Saint Hilarion the Great was born in 292 AD at Tabatha, a town near Gaza in Palestine. His family were pagans. He converted to Christianity and was baptized after studying in Alexandria.

While he was in Egypt he became a disciple of St. Anthony the Great, an event which inspired him to devote himself entirely to the ascetic life.

When his parents died, he returned to Gaza and sold all of his inheritance, distributing all of his wealth to the poor. After this he departed for the desert of Palestine, devoting himself entirely to prayer and fasting. His asceticism was based on St. Anthony the Great's model. He fasted daily, eating only modest foods, lived in a hut made of reeds and practiced unceasing prayer. God rewarded his spiritual efforts and bestowed upon him the grace to perform miracles. His fame spread throughout Palestine, and it was not long before he fled these distractions and settled eventually in Cyprus.

St. Hilarion departed from this world in 372 AD at age of 80.

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