Saint Julian Sabas the Elder

Also known as

  • Julian the Ascetic



Hermit in a cave in Mesopotamia on the banks of the Euphrates near Edessa, and then on Mount Sinai. Legend says he ate only once a week. Ministered to and encourged Christians persecuted by Julian the Apostate. Enemies proclaimed that Julian was a follower of Arianism. He travelled to Antioch in 372, made several public speeches against the heresy – then returned to his cave where he lived the rest of his life. A brief biography of Julian was written by Saint John Chrystostom.


  • Mesopotamian


  • 377 of natural causes


Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Julian Sabas the Elder“. CatholicSaints.Info. 26 January 2019. Web. 19 April 2021. <>