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On this day, 11 December

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Feast Day of Daniel the Stylite

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St Daniel the Stylite (c409-493), a saint of the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches, is reported to have spent 33 years living on a pillar. The term ‘stylite’ (from the Greek stylos, meaning pillar) refers to a group of Christian ascetics who stood on pillars preaching, fasting and praying.

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