John Climacus of Sinai (John of the Ladder), Venerable (6th century – 7th century)

Venerable John Climacus of Sinai (John of the Ladder)

(6th century – 7th century)

“Saint John of the Ladder is honored by Holy Church as a great ascetic and author of the renowned spiritual book called THE LADDER, from which he is also called “of the Ladder” (Climacus).

There is almost no information about Saint John’s origins. One tradition suggests that he was born in Constantinople around the year 570, and was the son of Saints Xenophon and Maria (January 26).”

Orthodox Church in America



“Constantly wrestle with your thought, and whenever it wanders call it back to you.”

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