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Friday, 27 November 2015

27th November - Barlaam & Josaphat

The stories of Barlaam and Josaphat are remarkably similar to earlier Buddha stories. Many people in India were converted by Thomas the Apostle. Stargazers foretold that the son of King Abenner would one day become a Christian and to prevent this, Abenner began persecuting the Church and had his son, Josaphat, placed under house arrest. In spite of these precautions, Barlaam, a hermit, met him and converted him to the faith. Abenner himself later became a Christian, abdicated the throne, and became a hermit. Josaphat governed for a time, then abdicated, too. He travelled to the desert, found Barlaam, and spent his remaining years as a holy hermit. Years after their deaths, the bodies Josaphat and Barlaam were brought to India; their joint grave became renowned by miracles.