St. Pancras of Rome


 
Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 05/12


Patron Of: Against Cramps, Against Headaches, Against Perjury, Oaths, Against False Witness, Children

Also known as
    Pancritas of Rome
    Pancratius of Rome

Memorial
    12 May

Profile
    Fourteen-year-old orphan, brought to Rome by his uncle, Saint Dionysius. Convert to Christianity. Martyred with Saint Nereus, Saint Achilleus, and Saint Domitilla for publicly proclaiming his faith. Pope Saint Vitalian sent his relics from the cemetery of Calepodius in Rome to England as part of the evangelization of England, so they would have relics of the Church at large, and to install in altars in new churches. Saint Augustine of Canterbury dedicated the first church in England to Saint Pancras, and subsequent churches throughout England are similarly named for him.

Born
    c.290 at Phrygia

Died
    beheaded c.304 on the Via Aurelia, Rome, Italy
    relics interred in the Saint Pancras church, Rome, but were destroyed in 1798
    his head is still in the basilica of Saint John Lateran

Patronage
    against cramps
    against false witness
    against headaches
    against perjury
    children
    Iserlohn, Germany
    oaths
    treaties



All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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