The Monk Pimen of Palestine
Commemorated on August 27
The Monk Pimen of
Palestine lived during the VI Century in a cave in the Ruv wilderness. The
holy fathers Sophronios and John speak about him in Chapter 167 of the book,
"The Spiritual Meadow" ("Limonarion"). One time during
winter the monk Agathonikes came to the Monk Pimen for guidance and remained to
spend the night in an adjoining cave. In the morning he mentioned, that he had
suffered much from the cold. The Monk Pimen answered, that he himself had been
uncovered, but he did not feel the cold because a lion came to him and lay
alongside him, warming him. "But I know, – added the ascetic, – that I
shall be devoured by wild beasts, since when I lived in the world and
shepherded sheep, a man came by my flock whom my dogs attacked and tore apart.
I could have saved him, but I did not. It was later revealed to me, that I
myself would die a similar death". And so it occurred: three years later
it became known, that the holy Hermit Pimen of Palestine was torn apart by wild
beasts. This happened at the end of the VI Century.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.