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Friday, 27 July 2018

Saint Pantaleon. Martyr. Feast Day 27 July.

Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.

Saint Pantaleon.
   Feast Day 27 July.


Red Vestments.

Saint Pantaleon. 
Great-Martyr and Unmercenary Healer. 
13th Century Icon,

including scenes from his life, 
from the Monastery of Saint Katherine, on Mount Sinai.
Единственная житийная икона св. Пантелеймона византийского времени.

(Wikimedia Commons)

At Nicomedia, says The Roman Martyrology, was Martyred Saint Pantaleon, a doctor, who, having been arrested on account of his Faith by order of the Emperor, Maximian, was tortured on the Rack and burned with flaming torches; he was consoled in his torments by an apparition of Our Lord; the sword put an end to his glorious combat. This was under Emperor Diocletian, about 303 A.D.

Saint Pantaleon is numbered by the Greeks among The Great Martyrs. Medical men honour him, after Saint Luke, as their principal Patron. He is one of "The Fourteen Auxiliary Saints".

Mass: Laetábitur.

English: The Church of Saint Pantaleon (Saint Panteleimon),
built in 1735-1739, is one of the oldest in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Русский: Санкт-Петербург, Россия. Церковь
св. великомученика Пантелеимона на ул. Пестеля.
Photo: 4 June 2012.
Source: Own work.
Author: A.Savin.
(Wikimedia Commons)

The following Text is from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia.

Saint Pantaleon (Greek: Παντελεήμων [Panteleímon], "All-Compassionate"), counted in The West among the Late-Mediaeval Fourteen Holy Helpers [Editor: Or The Fourteen Auxiliary Saints] and in The East as one of The Holy Unmercenary Healers, was a Martyr of Nicomedia, in Bithynia, during The Diocletian Persecution of 303 A.D.

According to The Martyrologies, Saint Pantaleon was the son of a rich pagan, Eustorgius of Nicomedia, and had been instructed in Christianity by his Christian mother, Saint Eubula; however, after her death, he fell away from The Christian Church, while he studied medicine with a renowned physician, Euphrosinos; under the patronage of Euphrosinos, he became physician to The Emperor Maximian or Galerius.

The Church of Saint PanteleimonGorno Nerezi, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.
Date: 6 October 2007 (original upload date).
Source: Own work.
(Wikimedia Commons)

He was won back to Christianity by Saint Hermolaus (characterised as a Bishop of The Church at Nicomedia), who convinced him that Christ was the better physician, signalling the significance of the exemplum of Pantaleon that Faith is to be trusted over medical advice, marking the direction European medicine was to take until the 16th-Century.

Saint Alphonsus Liguori wrote, regarding this incident:

He studied medicine with such success, that the Emperor Maximian appointed him his physician. One day as our Saint was discoursing with a Holy Priest, named Hermolaus, the latter, after praising the study of medicine, concluded thus: "But, my friend, of what use are all thy acquirements in this art, since thou art ignorant of  Salvation ?"




English: A French Prayer Book of 1905 containing extracts
from The Roman Missal 
and The Roman Breviary of the time, with French translations.
Français: Nouveau Paroissien Romain contenant en latin et en français
les Offices et Messes de tous les dimanches et de toutes les fêtes de l'année ecclésiastique.
File: File:Nouveau Paroissien Romain (1905).jpg
Uploaded: 6 May 2009.
Author: Perky.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Illustration: RORATE CAELI

The following Text is from The Pre-1911 Roman Breviary
(Volume II. Summer).
Translated out of Latin into English by John, Marquess of Bute, K.T.
Date: 1879.

Saint Pantaleon.
   Feast Day 27 July.


All from The Common Office for a Simple Feast of one Martyr,
except the following Prayer throughout The Office.

Graciously hear us, we beseech Thee, O Almighty God,
and, at the petition of Thy Blessed Martyr, Pantaleon,
be mercifully pleased to deliver us from all things which may hurt our bodies,
and from all evil thoughts which may defile our Souls.
Through Our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son,
Who liveth and reigneth with Thee,
in the unity of The Holy Ghost, one God,
World without end.


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