DANIEL THE STYLITE (Saint) (December 11) (5th century) One of the most famous of the Pillar-Saints of the fifth century. He entered a monastery near Samosata on the Upper Euphrates, but travelling with his Abbot came to know the celebrated Saint Simon Stylites who did penance on the top of a pillar near Antioch. Saint Daniel, resolved on imitating him, and encouraged by him, embraced the same strange form of austere life at a spot a few miles outside the walls of Constantinople. He lived thirty years on his pillar, whereon he was ordained priest and used to say Mass. Thereon also, honoured by the Greek Emperor and the idol of the people whose sick he miraculously healed, he passed away A.D. 492, four score years old.