Book of Saints – Barlaam and Josaphat


BARLAAM and JOSAPHAT (Saints) Confessor (November 27) (4th century) Saint Barlaam, a monk or solitary in Northern India, converted to the Christian Faith, Josaphat, son of the king of the country, who, like Barlaam, is held in great veneration in the East. Saint Barlaam worked many miracles, and the hermit’s cell in which he passed the last thirty-five years of his life became a place of pilgrimage. Both Saints are honoured as Martyrs, and are said to have suffered in the year 383. But even the century in which they flourished is uncertain. A panegyric of Saint Barlaam is attributed to Saint John Damascene, and a foolish mistake has placed some of the legendary doings of Buddha to the credit of the Saint.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Barlaam and Josaphat”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 18 August 2012. Web. 24 October 2020. <>