Saints of the Day – Macedonius Kritophagos, Hermit


Died c.430. Saint Macedonius, a Syrian ascetic hermit, wandered for 40 years in Syria, Phoenicia, and Cilicia living entirely on barley moistened with water (hence Kritophagos, ‘barley- eater’) until he was 90 years old, when he began to eat bread. He considered food a form of medicine that could be taken to stave off death because it is not lawful to “shorten one’s life to shun labors and conflicts.” Macedonius cured Theodoret’s mother of some illness with water over which he had made the Sign of the Cross; thereafter, the historian recorded many tales of the healing power of Macedonius in his Church History (1.5, chapter 19) and Philotheae (chapter 13) (Attwater2, Benedictines, Coulson, Encyclopedia, Husenbeth).

MLA Citation

  • Katherine I Rabenstein. Saints of the Day, 1998. CatholicSaints.Info. 5 October 2021. Web. 26 October 2021. <>