|The Martyrdom of St. Apollonia, Jacob Jordaens, 1628|
AKA: Saint Apollonia of Alexandria
Feast Day: February 9.
Not to be confused with: Saint Leucio of Apollonia,Saint Tirso of Apollonia,Saint Isaurus of Apollonia,Saint Innocent of Apollonia, Saint Felix of Apollonia, Saint Jeremias of Apollonia, Saint Peregrinus of Apollonia
Really Existed? Very probably.
Timeframe: Third Century.
Place: Alexandria, Egypt.
Credentials: Venerated by tradition.
Martyrdom: Tortured, burned alive.
Patron Saint of: Dentists, people suffering from toothache and dental problems.
Symbolism: Teeth, pincers, a palm branch.
Tomorrow is the Feast of Saint Apollonia.
Q: Then why are you talking about her today, instead of tomorrow?
A: Because I lost track of what day it was. Shut up.
Q: How do you know that tomorrow is the Feast of Saint Apollonia?
A: That's better. I know because it's the entry for February 9th in the Little Pictorial Lives of the Saints, a recent gift from the fabulous Mrs.5000.
|Sometimes I regret living in a time when we are expected to show so|
much restraint in our use of fonts.
Obviously, Little Pictorial Lives immediately becomes the prize of my little hagiographic library. To celebrate, we will let it tell us about St. Apollonia in its own words! I'll just add for context that the kernel of Apollonia's story comes from a letter written at the time by the Bishop of Alexandria, so we're pretty sure that she was a real person who met a real unpleasant fate. Parental Advisory: This saint's life depicts violence and disturbing images.
I predict that Dr. Noisewater will make a reference to Apollonia 6 reference in the comments.