New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Sabbas


Sometimes spelled Sabas. Confessor of the faith; abbot. Born in 439 at Mutalaska, Cappadocia; died in 532 at Laura Mar Saba, near Jerusalem. At the age of eight he entered a Basilian monastery. In 456 he went to Jerusalem, and for five years lived in a cave under the spiritual guidance of Saint Euthymius. In 483 he founded the Laura Mar Saba, was ordained in 491, and in 494 was made archimandrite of all the monasteries in Palestine. He was active in opposing Origen and the Monophysites. A basilica and monastery on the Aventine were named in his honor. Represented holding the rule of his monastery in his hand, seated on the edge of a precipice, or praying in a cavern, nearby a lion. Relics in Venice. Feast, Roman Calendar, 5 December.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Sabbas”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 9 August 2013. Web. 5 March 2021. <>