Saturday, August 09, 2003

St Panteleimon (Pantaleone)
The doctor who cured people for free and was martyred for Christ
His feast day is July 27 so Eastern Orthodox who use the Julian reckoning remember him today. The orthodox but sceptical Catholic Donald Attwater noted that the only thing we know for sure about him is that the Byzantine emperor Justinian rebuilt a church named after him in Nicomedia, Bithynia, where he was from; the rest is legend. Might be true but as far as I know not required belief. (Beliefs that the communion of saints can pray for you and that you can invoke them are.) Attwater also wrote that like St Januarius (San Gennaro) in Naples in September, in the town of Ravello, Italy a relic of his blood liquefies. He is so popular among Orthodox that if I recall correctly the one Russian monastery on Mt Athos is named after him.

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