A stylite is one who lives on a pillar (style in Greek). These holy saints would remove their bodies from the ground for days, months, or even years in order that they might pray and fast better. This did not mean that they were cut off from the world. On the contrary, many people came from far and wide to learn from them.
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The first stylite was St. Symeon the Stylite whose feast day is celebrated on September 1. Other stylites include:
- Father Daniel the Stylite (409-493), a disciple of Saint Symeon, whose feast is December 11
- Saint Symeon the New Stylite or the Younger (d. 592), whose feast is May 24
- Saint Alipios the Stylite (7th-8th century), whose feast is November 26
- Saint Lazarus the Stylite (968-1054), who fell asleep on November 8