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St. Onuphrius

St. Onuphrius (also known as Onouphrius of Egypt; Onuphrius; Onofrio; Onofre; Humphrey; Onuphrius the Great). St. Onuphrius lived for 70 years as a hermit in the desert near Thebais, Upper Egypt. He lived on the fruits of a date palm-tree that grew near his cell. He wore nothing, but a loin-cloth of leaves and closed his body with his abundant hair.
His cult was popular in the Middle Ages, initially with monks, and then in general. St. Onuphrius died c.400 and was buried by St. Paphnutius who had come to him to learn if the hermit's life was for him. A hole in the mountain, where St. Onuphrius was buried, immediately disappeared. St. Onuphrius is a patron saint of weavers. In fine arts he is usually depicted as an old man dressed only in long hair and a loincloth of leaves; hermit with an angel bringing him the Eucharist or bread; hermit being buried by two lions (his story was sometimes confused with Saint Jerome's).
See: Jusepe de Ribera. Saint Onuphrius.

Recommended reading:
The Book of Saints: The Lives of the Saints According to the Liturgical Calendar by George Angelini, Victor Hoagland (Editor). Regina Press, Malhame & Company, 1986.
365 Saints: Your Daily Guide to the Wisdom and Wonder of Their Lives by Woodeene Koenig-Brick (Author). Harper SanFrancisco, 1995.
Lives of the Saints: From Mary and Francis of Assisi to John XXIII and Mother Teresa by Richard McBrien (Author). Harper San Francisco, 2001.

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