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Saint Symeon the Stylite and the Horror of Palmyra
« on: May 02, 2017, 03:46:51 PM »
Saint Symeon the Stylite (commemorated 1 September) is believed to have never descended from his pillar until the end of his days. In fact he descended from his pillar once, in secret, if we are to believe a curious text collected in Sosthenes the Monk's 12th century Gnomologion, from a now-lost Secret Works of Our Father Saint Symeon the Stylite:


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