Saint Stylianus was born in Paphlagonia of Asia Minor (on the
southern coast of the Black Sea, modern day Turkey). He lived
sometime between the 4th and 6th centuries. After his parents
died, he inherited their great fortune but chose to give it away
to the poor. He had a great desire to help the less fortunate,
and devoted his life to God when he left the city and entered
a monastery. His strong beliefs inspired jealousy in other monks,
and he was forced to leave.
After leaving the monastery, he lived
alone in a cave in the wilderness. He spent his time praying
and fasting. People of Paphlagonia sought him out for both knowledge
and healing. His prayers healed many, both physically and mentally.
He was known for his love of children
and he healed them. Even after Stylianus' death, the people of
Paphlagonia believed he could cure their children. A painting
of the Saint was hung over a child's bed when they were ill.
Due to his love and devotion to protect
children, he is depicted in iconography holding a swaddled infant.
He is asked to protect the children of pious Christians, and
is called upon by childless women who want to have children.
"Venerable Stylianus of Paphlagonia:
Commemorated on November 26." (2016, Dec 6) The Orthodox
Church in America. http://orthochristian.com/99222.html