Venerable James the Solitary of Syria
Commemorated on November 26
James the Hermit was the disciple of Saint Maron
(February 14). He lived in asceticism on a mountain
not far from the city of Cyrrhus in Syria. He
suffered grievous ills, but he always wore chains,
ate food only in the evening, and prayed constantly.
By such efforts he attained to high spiritual
perfection, receiving from the Lord power over
demons, the gift of healing and even of raising the
dead. Saint James peacefully fell asleep in the Lord.