The Monk Thalassios, Wilderness-Dweller of Syria

Commemorated on February 22

      The Monk Thalassios, Wilderness-Dweller of Syria, lived during the V Century. At a young age he withdrew atop an hill near the village of Targala and passed 38 years there in monastic deeds, having neither a roof over his head, nor any cell nor shelter. For his simple disposition, gentleness and humility he was granted by the Lord a gift of wonderworking and healing the sick. Many wanted to live under his guidance, and the saint did not refuse those coming to him, and he himself built cells for them. He died peacefully, granted rest from his labours.

© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.