Saint John the Hermit was an ascetic in Palestine. He passed
his days in fasting and prayer in a cave near Jerusalem. The uncovetous
ascetic had only an icon of the Most Holy Theotokos, before which a
lampada was always lit.
The holy Elder often visited the holy
places of Jerusalem, and Mount Sinai, and he went to pray at the graves
of the holy martyrs and ascetics. Whenever he went out, the saint left
the lampada burning before the icon of the Queen of Heaven and he asked
Her blessing for the journey. When he returned after a month, or even
after six months, the Elder found the lampada burning and filled with
Once, he happened to go on a narrow trail, with two sides so
overgrown with bushes, that it was impossible for two people on foot to
pass each other. Suddenly, the saint saw a lion coming toward him. The
beast stood up on its hind legs and cleared the way for the saint.
a monk came to the cave to visit St John. Since he did not notice even
the bare necessities, he asked Abba John why he lived in such poverty.
The holy Elder said that his cave contained spiritual riches greater
than any earthly treasures.
St John the Hermit reposed in the sixth century in extreme old age, and was numbered with the saints. SOURCE: