Saint of the Day – 6 December – Saint Abraham of Kratia ( c 474–c 558) Bishop, Monk, Hermit – born in c 474 at Emesa, Syria and died in c 558 in Palestine of natural causes.
Abraham of Kratia was born in Emesa, Syria, in 474. After becoming a Monk, the community in his Monastery was dispersed by nomadic raiders. Abraham himself fled to Constantinople.
In Constantinople, Abraham became procurator of another Monastery and at the age of only twenty-six he was made Abbot of a house at Kratia in Bithynia. After some ten years as Abbot, he secretly went to Palestine to seek out solitude and a life of contemplation but his holiness, administrative qualities and love of the Church made him a perfect candidate for the ecclesiastical honour of the role of a Bishop. He was, therefore, forced to return by his Bishop to be made the Bishop of Kratia.
After thirteen years as Bishop, he once more fled to Palestine looking for a life of solitude and prayer. His remaining days were spent in a Palestinian Monastery as a Hermit and he died there around 558.