Hermit in a cave in Mesopotamia on the banks of the Euphrates near Edessa, and then on Mount Sinai. Legend says he ate only once a week. Ministered to and encourged Christians persecuted by Julian the Apostate. Enemies proclaimed that Julian was a follower of Arianism. He travelled to Antioch in 372, made several public speeches against the heresy – then returned to his cave where he lived the rest of his life. A brief biography of Julian was written by Saint John Chrystostom.
- 377 of natural causes
- Book of Saints, by the Monks of Ramsgate
- Catholic Online
- Lives of the Saints, by Father Alban Butler
- Lives of the Saints, by Sabine Baring-Gould
- Our Sunday Visitor’s Encyclopedia of Saints
- “Saint Julian Sabas the Elder“. Saints.SQPN.com. 25 November 2013. Web. 5 December 2013. <>