He was born in the city of Gaza in Palestine to pagan parents who provided him with a good education. After visiting Anthony in the desert of Egypt he dedicated himself to live in the wilderness of Palestine and gained a reputation for holiness and power in prayer. Jerome said of him “Time would fail me if I wished to relate all the miracles which were wrought by him.”7
Hilarion once found a paralyzed man lying near where he lived and then the following;
…weeping much and stretching out his hand to the prostrate man he said, “I bid you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, arise and walk,: The words were still on the lips of the speaker when, with miraculous speed the limbs were strengthened and the man arose and stood firm.9
7. Jerome, The Life of Saint Hilarion, vol. 6 Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church, 309.
9. Augustine, The City of God, vol. 2 Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church, 485.