Epipodius and Alexander
|Saints Epipodius and Alexander|
|Honored in||Roman Catholicism|
|Major shrine||Cathedral St-Jean in Lyon|
|Patronage||Epipodius is the patron saint of bachelors, victims of betrayal and of torture|
Epipodius (French: Épipode) and his companion Alexander (died 178 AD) are venerated as Christian saints. Their feast day is 22 April. Epipodius was a native of Lyon; Alexander was said to be a native of Phrygia, and a physician by profession. They were both martyred during the reign of Marcus Aurelius.
Epipodius and Alexander are said to have been close friends since childhood. Epipodius is said to have been a confirmed celibate bachelor, who devoted his time to Christian works and was betrayed to imperial authorities by a servant. Both men were subsequently imprisoned, tortured, and condemned to be devoured by wild beasts in the amphitheatre, and died (as one history writes) "neither uttering a groan nor a syllable, but conversing in [their] heart with God."
Epipodius is venerated as the patron saint of bachelors, victims of betrayal and of torture.
- Greenhill, William Alexander (1867). "Alexander". In William Smith. Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology 1. Boston: Little, Brown and Company. p. 110.
- Bzovius, Nomenclator Sanctorum Professione Medicorum; Martyrol. Roman, ed. Baron.