Venerable Polychronius, Ascetic of the Syrian Deserts

Saint Polychronius lived in Syria in the fifth century. He was the disciple of St Zebinas, and imitated the life of his Elder, spending both day and night in fasting and vigil. St Polychronius had no chains, but he dug up a heavy oaken root from the earth and carried it on his shoulders when he prayed. St Polychronius asked God to send rain during a drought, and he filled up a stone vessel with oil for the needy.