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St. Chariton the Confessor

IIII/IV Centuries
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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