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Saint Onuphrius of Egypt (XVIIc) Icon - S451


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Saint Onuphrius lived in the fourth century. He was a hermit in the deserts of Egypt, living alone. He had a wild appearance, covered in hair and naked except for a small garment made of leaves.

Saint Paphnuitus was mystically sent to bury Onuphrius, who was about to die. When this took place, Paphnuitius wanted to stay in Onuphrius's cave. But as soon as the saint was buried, the cave collapsed and the palm trees withered and died. Paphnuitus returned to his own monastery and told the brethren about the holy man he had met.

Saint Onuphrius is commemorated on June 12.

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