Book of Saints – John Chalybita


(Saint) Hermit (January 15) (5th century) Born in Constantinople of noble and wealthy parents, when about twelve years old he secretly left his home to become a monk near Jerusalem. After serving God manfully in his monastery for about six years his Abbot gave him permission to revisit his home. On his way he disguised himself as a beggar, and his mother, not knowing him, drove him from her door. He thenceforth subsisted on the charity of his parents in a little hut in the neighbourhood, spending his time in prayer and good works. After three years, Our Lord visited him and told him that his trial was over. John then sent for his mother, and showing her the Book of the Gospels she had given him in childhood, died in her arms. This happened about the middle of the fifth century. Some authors transfer to Rome the scenes of the closing years of this Saint.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “John Chalybita”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 21 October 2013. Web. 13 December 2018. <>