Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Saint Florian of Lorch - Patron Saint against Floods

Third century officer in Roman army stationed in modern Austria. Military administrator of the town of Noricum, and a closet Christian. Said to have stopped a town from burning by praying and throwing a single bucket of water on the blaze, and thus his association with firefighters and those who protect us from fire, including chimney sweeps. When ordered to execute a group of Christians during the persecutions of Diocletian, he refused, and professed his own faith. Martyr. Died c.304 scourged, flayed alive, a stone tied to his neck, and dumped into a river body later retrieved by Christians and buried at an Augustinian monastery near Lorch

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