Venerable, Godbearing Father Sabbas the Sanctified (533)
Sabbas was born in 439 in Moutalaska, a small village of Cappadocia. He entered the arena of the
monastic life from childhood and was under that master trainer of monastics, Euthymius the Great, the teacher of the desert.
He became the spiritual father of many monks
and an instructor for the monasteries in Palestine, and was appointed leader
(archimandrite) of the desert-dwellers of Palestine by the Patriarch of Jerusalem.
In his old age he went to Constantinople, to the Emperors Anastasius and Saint Justinian the Great, in behalf of the
Orthodox Faith and the dogmas of the Council of Chalcedon.
Having lived ninety-four years, he reposed in 533.
The Typicon for the
ecclesiastical services had its beginning in the monastery established by this
righteous one." (Great Horologion)
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