Roman Rite Calendar - 02/12
Fiddlers, Hospitality, Hotel-keepers, Jugglers, Boatmen, Carnival Workers, Childless People, Clowns, Ferrymen, Innkeepers, Knights, Murderers, Pilgrims, Travelers
Also known as
Julian the Poor
Noble layman; friend and counselor to the king, he was married to a wealthy widow. A stag he was hunting predicted he would kill his own parents. Julian moved far away to avoid his parents, but they found him, and came to make a surprise visit. His wife gave them her and Julian's bed; Julian killed them, thinking they were his wife and another man.
As penance, he and his wife travelled to Rome as pilgrims seeking absolution. On his way home, to continue his penance, he built a hospice beside a river, cared for the poor and sick, and rowed travellers across the river for free.
Once, after having helped many, many travellers, Julian gave his own bed to a pilgrim leper who had nearly frozen to death. When they had him safely settled, the man suddenly revealed himself to be an angel. The visitor announced that Christ had accepted Julian's penance; the angel then disappeared.
Immensely popular in times past; scholars today think the story is likely to be pious fiction, mistaken for history.
San Giljan, Malta
to obtain lodging while travelling
All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index