Elpidius the Cappadocian
|Saint Elpidius the Cappadocian|
|Venerated in||Roman Catholic Church|
|Major shrine||Sant'Elpidio a Mare|
|Attributes||vine in leaf in winter|
Saint Elpidius the Cappadocian (Italian: Sant'Elpidio, Santo Abate Elpidio) (4th century) was an abbot and saint of Asia Minor. Tradition states that he lived in a cave in Cappadocia for twenty-five years. Disciples, such as Eustace (Eustachio) and Ennesius (Ennesio), gathered around him.
The village of Cluana, in the Marches of Ancona, acquired Elpidius' relics in the 7th century in exchange for the donation of a piece of land. The relics of Elpidius and his companions Eustace and Ennesius were consigned to the local inhabitants, and the town later acquired the new name of Sant'Elpidio a Mare. The relics of Elpidius are considered to have saved the town from a Lombard siege; tradition states that the saint appeared in the sky asking the inhabitants to defend the village.
- Saint of the Day, September 2: Elpidius the Cappadocian at SaintPatrickDC.org
- Sant'Elpidio a Mare
- Vitae patrum
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