Sara, Saint

SARA, SAINT

Ascetic (feast day: 15 ). According to the , Sara was born in of rich and pious parents. She lived for fifteen years in a monastery of virgins, then for sixty years she dwelt in a cell provided with a terrace that dominated the valley of the . It is related that she never lowered her eyes to look at the river. She acquired a great reputation for .

The alphabetic recension of the has preserved eight apothegms under her name; we learn from it that monks came to visit her—sometimes from afar, from , or even from the region of Pelusium. She died at the age of eighty. In an unpublished apothegm (Guy, 1962, p. 31), she appears to have been a contemporary of an , seemingly the one at Scetis, nicknamed the Bubal.

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