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Lives of the Saints:

How They Changed the World

Saint Marcian (d. 387)

Saint Marcian (d. 387)

Feast day: November 2

Saint Marcian was a hermit in the fourth century. During that time, living the secluded, prayerful life of a hermit was popular. Marcian lived in a tiny cell that was too small for him to stand up straight or lie down flat. He nourished his body with only what he needed to survive, mainly bread. Despite his peculiar ways, he drew in many followers who wanted to live by his prayerful example. He is celebrated for his holiness and miracles.