The Monk Apollonios
Commemorated on March 31
Apollonios, when he was a fifteen year old youth, withdrew into the inner
Thebaid wilderness (Lower Egypt), where he spent forty years at monastic
exploits. On a suggestion from above he went across to a nearby wilderness and
near Hermopolis he founded a monastery, at which gradually gathered about five
hundred monks. Saint Apollonios was strict at fasting, on Sundays only did he
partake of cooked food, and on the remaining days he ate only wild plants.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.