St. Apollinaris of Ravenna †79

St. Apollinaris of Ravenna

July 23 is the Feast Day for St. Apollinaris of Ravenna.

 St. Apollinaris is counted as an intercessor of persons who suffer from epilepsy and gout. He was from Antioch, Syria. The Apostle Peter ordained him and sent him to Ravenna as this city’s first bishop. There, he healed the blind son of a soldier (which would make him also an appropriate intercessor for persons with visual impairments).  Pagan priests aroused the people against him, and he was severely beaten. Later he was tortured and boiled in oil. Surviving this, he was exiled to Illyria, where he evangelized and saw many conversions. But he again was attacked by the pagans and sent back to Italy, where he suffered imprisonment and another beating. He died July 23, 79  A.D.

 Sources:

Orthodox Church in America: Hieromartyr Apollinaris the Bishop of Ravenna

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/2555899/posts

http://saints.sqpn.com/saint-apollinaris-of-ravenna/ 

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Picture from http://seekmeandlive.blogspot.com/2010/03/santapollinare.html

 

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