St. Christina of Bolsena

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 07/24


Patron Of: Archers, Mariners, Millers

Also known as
    Christina Anicii

Memorial
    24 July

Profile
    Born to a wealthy pagan family. Converted as a youth, she destroyed all the idols in her father's house; those of gold and silver she broke up and gave to the poor. Martyred for her new faith.

    Her story and that of Saint Christina of Tyre seem to have been confused and combined in rewrites through the ages.

Born
    3rd century, probably at Rome into the family Anicii

Died
    martyred c.250 near Lake Bolsena, Tuscany; her father tied a rock around her neck, and threw her into Lake Bolsena; when she miraculously survived, her tongue was cut out, and she was thrown into a furnace; when she survived, she was shot full of arrows on the order of a magistrate persecuting Christians by order of Diocletian; relics at Palermo, Sicily, and Torcelli; head in the cathedral at Milan, Italy

Canonized
    Pre-Congregation

Patronage
    archers
    mariners
    millers



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All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.


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