Valerius of Saragossa

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Saint Valerius of Saragossa
San Valero, Francisco de Goya.jpg
San Valero. Fresco by Francisco de Goya. Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar, Saragossa.
Died 315 AD
Honored in Roman Catholic Church
Eastern Orthodox Church
Feast January 22
(formerly January 28)
Patronage Saragossa

Saint Valerius of Saragossa (Spanish: San Valero) (d. 315 AD) is the patron saint of Saragossa. He was bishop of this city from 290 until his death. He assisted at the Council of Iliberis.[1]

Vincent of Saragossa was a disciple, companion, as well as his deacon, and both Valerius and Vincent suffered imprisonment under Diocletian.

He was exiled to a place called Enet, near Barbastro, where Valerius died, and whence his relics were translated first to Roda, the head and arm being brought thence to Saragossa when that city had been reconquered.[1] He may also have been killed at Saragossa.

Veneration[edit]

Statue of Valerius. Sepulcher of Abbot Lope Marco. Monastery of Santa María de Veruela.

A chapel dedicated to him can be found at La Seo Cathedral. It includes a baroque entryway of gilded wood from the seventeenth century with scenes of the saints Valerius, Vincent, and Lawrence.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Catholic Encyclopedia (1913): Saragossa Retrieved 2012-03-07.

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