|Egyptian Icon of St. Simeon|
For 36 years a group of monks had tended to the bodily needs of their master by the means of ropes and ladders. He was one of the most well known and popular ministers of his day. Respected by kings, village leaders, men both great and small, when he spoke they listened and obeyed. When he prayed, the infertile had children, the sick were healed, and those tortured by evil spirits were delivered. But today was different. Simon Stylites was seen kneeling on one knee and all who tended to him realized this holy man had passed away during the night. Now they had another problem: how to get a body down from a 60 tall pillar that had a platform less than 6 square feet. For St. Simon Stylites’ place of residence was a pillar erected on a mountainside where he stood 24 hours a day in the open air worshipping God, praying, and offering counsel and comfort to all who came to see him.