Andeolus

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Saint Andeolus
Blason ville-fr Saint-Andeol-de-Clerguemort.svg
Coat of Arms of Saint-Andéol-de-Clerguemort, showing St. Andeolus
Martyr
BornSmyrna
Died208
Bergoiata, Viviers, Gaul
Venerated inOrthodox Church, Roman Catholic Church
CanonizedPre-congregation
Major shrineChurch of Bourg-Saint-Andéol, France
FeastMay 1 or May 4 (Gregorian calendar)
Attributesdeacon, holding a book and palm of martyrdom, head pierced by a wooden knife

Andeolus or Andéol was born in Smyrna in the 2nd century. A subdeacon, he was sent by Polycarp, along with Benignus, to evangelize southern Gaul. He went to the Vivarais. Septimius Severus, passing through that region, had him put to death. His head was stabbed with a gladius on May 1, 208, at Bergoiata, a Gallic settlement on a rocky peak over the Rhône River which would be later known as Bourg-Saint-Andéol. The body, thrown into the Rhone, was later found and placed in a sarcophagus by a rich Roman woman, Anycia or Amycia Eucheria Tullia (Blessed Tullie), daughter of senator Eucherius Valerianus (Eucherius of Lyon). His sarcophagus was rediscovered in 1865 during excavations in the St. Polycarp chapel of the eleventh-century church in Bourg-Saint-Andéol (Ardèche).

External links[edit]

  • Wikisource-logo.svg Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Viviers". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.
  • A photo of his sarcophagus