St Paul

(d. c. 345)

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(d. c.345),

said to have been the first Christian hermit, who had gone into the desert to escape persecution, and lived there for many years; Anthony of Egypt visited him there. A raven is said to have dropped a loaf of bread beside them at their meeting. According to legend, his grave was dug by two lions at Anthony's request, and in art Paul is often shown with them, a crow or raven, or with the palm-tree from which he gained food and shelter. His feast day is 10 January in the Western Church and 5 or 15 January in the Eastern Church.

Subjects: Christianity.

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