St. Chariton the Confessor
A citizen of Iconium, St. Chariton was tortured under Aurelian. Released
after the emperor's death, he made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem; along the
way, robbers attacked him. He was miraculously released, after which he
became a hermit in Pharau, where a community developed around his skete.
He established lavras near Jericho and near Souka. He is said to have
begun the custom of monastic tonsure, and legends report he died at a very
old age in 350.
Karen Rae Keck
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