Agapitus of Palestrina

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Saint Agapitus
Martyr
Born 3rd century AD
Latium
Died c. 267 AD or 274 AD
Palestrina, Lazio, Italy
Honored in Roman Catholic Church
Canonized Pre-Congregation
Major shrine Cathedral of San Agapito, Palestrina
Feast April 18; August 18
Patronage Palestrina; invoked against colic[1]
Cathedral of San Agapito, Palestrina.

Saint Agapitus (Italian: Agapito) is venerated as a Martyr saint. Agapitus may have been a member of the noble Anicia family of Palestrina.[2] At the age of fifteen, he was beheaded on orders of the prefect Antiochus and the emperor Aurelian.[2] The date of his death is sometimes given as August 18, 274.[2]

His legend states that he was a young man condemned to death because he was a Christian, and was thrown to the wild animals in the local arena at Palestrina. His legend states that the beasts refused to harm him.

Veneration[edit]

St Agapitus is mentioned in the ancient martyrologies, including the "Martyrologium Hieronymianum" of Saint Jerome, the "Fulda Martyrology," and the "Roman Martyrology."[2] Around the fifth century, a Basilica was built in his honor by Pope Felix III on the supposed place of his martyrdom.[2][3] His relics were conserved there, and a cemetery grew around the sepulcher that held Agapitus’ relics.[2] His relics were translated to the present cathedral of Palestrina at an uncertain date.[2] St Agapitus is remembered as a Commemoration during the Mass said within "the Octave of the Assumption" (see the General Roman Calendar as in 1954) or as a regular Commemoration (see the General Roman Calendar of 1962)[4][5]

Some of his relics were transferred to Besançon.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Saint Agapitus
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Sant' Agapito Martire
  3. ^ Dom Gaspar LeFebvre, O.S.B., "Saint Andrew Daily Missal, with Vespers for Sundays and Feasts," St Paul, MN: E. M. Lohmann Co., 1952, p. 1516
  4. ^ "Saint Andrew Daily Missal, with Vespers for Sundays and Feasts," p. 1516
  5. ^ Rev. Bede Babo, O.S.B. et al., "The Jesus, Mary and Joseph Daily Missal," New York: Benziger Brothers, Inc., 1962, p. 1041

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