The Feast Day of St. Servatius of Tongeren †384

St. Servatius

May 26

Another Pre-Schism Western Saint noted as an intercessor for persons with a disability:

St. Servatius was a fourth century champion of Nicene Christianity at a time when the Eastern Emperor Constantius II supported the Arian heresy. St. Servatius met with St. Athanasius the Great, who was in exile from Alexandria, in order to strategize as to how to address this threat. He testified to the Faith in the Councils of Cologne, Serdica, and Rimini, and before Constantius as well.

St. Servatius saw to the building of two Churches, one at Tongeren, and another at Maastricht, the latter of which survives. In addition to being the patron saint of Maastricht (in the Netherlands) he is also the patron saint of those with leg and foot problems (lameness).

Through the intercessions of St. Servatius, O Lord, have mercy on us.

Sources on St. Servatius: 

http://www.thefullwiki.org/Saint_Servatus & http://www.livius.org/se-sg/servatius/servatius.html

Icon from The pre-Schism Orthodox Saints who evangelized Western Europe & the Scandinavian lands in the section  HISTORICAL TOPICS on the website OODE– ORTHODOX OUTLET FOR DOGMATIC ENQUERIES

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