St. Januarius

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 09/19

Patron Of: Blood Banks, Against Volcano Eruptions, Naples, Italy

Also known as

    19 September
    16 December

    Fourth century bishop of Benevento, Italy during Diocletian's persecution. Arrested while visiting imprisoned deacons, and later martyred with them.

    His blood was preserved, and dried. Since at least 1389, on his feast day, and on the Satuday before the first Sunday in May, the blood liquefies.

    Benevento or Naples, Italy (records vary)

    martyred c.304 at Naples or Pozzuoli (sources vary)
    first thrown to wild beasts
    when the animals would not attack him, he was beheaded

    against volcanic eruptions
    blood banks
    Naples, Italy

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All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.


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