5 December – Saint Sabas

Modern Hagiography

Roman Martyrology

Lives of the Saints by Alban Butler.

Lives of the Saints by Sabine Baring-Gould.

The Liturgical Year by Dom Guéranger.

Pictorial Lives of the Saints 

Character Calendar 

La vie des saints

The Lives of the Fathers of the Eastern Deserts by Richard Challoner.

The lives of saints, with other feasts of the year, according to the Roman calendar by Peter Ribadeneira.

Contemporary Hagiography

BHL, Supplement

The Life of Saint Sabas written by his contemporary Cyril of Scythopolis is oft referred to, but is not yet translated in full into English.  Here you can see the opening pages of the life in Greek.

Art & Architecture

A medallion containing a portrait of Saint Sabbas on this processional cross in the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Guide to Christian Iconography: Images, Symbols, and Texts

Medieval Religion Listserv – 2016 Dillon.

Lives and Legends of the Great Hermits and Fathers of the Church, with Other Contemporary Saints by Mrs. Arthur Bell.

The Saints in Art by Joseph Maria von Radowitz.

Emblems of Saints by Which They Are Distinguished in Works of Art by F. C. Husenbeth.

Mar Saba

Saint Sabas’s monastery in the Holy Land (today in the territory of the Palestinian Authority) is one of the oldest continually occupied in the world.  Learn more about it at WysInfo Docuwebs.

Perhaps a little tangential, but a fun tangent, you can read an archaeologist writing about “The Visits of St. Sabas to Beth Shean.”   Beth Shean is the Israeli name for Scythopolis, the hometown of Sabas’s biographer Cyril.  

San Saba in Rome

The church of the monastery of San Saba in Rome was founded in the seventh century by monks from Mar Saba fleeing invaders from the east.  Enjoy this photo album.  You can read more about the church at the excellent Churches of Rome Wiki (now hosted by Fandom).

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