Feastday: December 6
Bishop and hermit, who faced the trials and upheavals of his era. Born in Emessa, Syria, Abraham entered a monastery in the city but was forced to flee to Constantinople, now Istanbul, Turkey, because of raids by local pagan brigands. In Constantinople, Abraham entered another monastery, and at the age of twenty-six became the abbot of a community in Kratia. He served in this post for a decade but then resigned and went to Palestine to become a hermit. Ordered back to Kratia by his bishop, Abraham succeeded his superior. He served as Kratia’s bishop for thirteen years, but then retired and moved once more to Palestine
Abraham of Kratia (c. 474 – c. 558) was a Christian monk from Byzantine Syria. He is recognized as a saint in the Christian church, with a feast day of December 6.
He was born at Emesa in Byzantine Syria. The community there was dispersed shortly later by nomadic raiders. Abraham himself fled to Constantinople. When he was only twenty-six years old, he was made the abbot of the monastery of Kratia in Bithynia. Some ten years later, he secretly left for Palestine seeking a quieter life. He was subsequently made to return to his monastery, where he also was shortly thereafter made the local bishop of Kratia. About 525, he again left for Palestine, and remained there for the rest of his life, living a life of religious contemplation. He died on December 6, which would later be his feast day, in a year after 543.
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