St. Eustace (September 20th) was a Roman captain of guards, passionately fond of the chase. One day, after bringing a stag to bay, he discovered that it had a crucifix with the dead Redeemer upon it between its horns. This caused him to reflect upon the new Faith of which he had heard so much, the consequence being that on the very next day he was baptized. His martyrdom was not long delayed, for on refusing to offer incense to the false gods when celebrating the victories of Trajan, he was shut inside the brazen bull. In Christian Art he is represented as a Roman soldier, and his attributes are either a stag with a crucifix, or a brazen bull. (Martyred 118.)
Fast, concise facts and information about Saint Eustace
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- The patron of Hunters and those facing adversity
- Memorial Day / Feast Day: September 20th
- Date of Death: Saint Eustace died in A.D.118
- Cause of Death: Roasted alive
Who or what is Saint Eustace the patron saint of?
Saint Eustace is the patron of Hunters and those facing adversity. Meanings, definition and origins - a patron is considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a nation. There is a patron for virtually every cause, profession or special interest. Prayers are considered more likely to be answered by asking a patron for intercession on their behalf.
The Story and History of Saint Eustace
The story and history of Saint Eustace. He was born a noble Roman with the name of Placidus and became a captain of guards in the Roman army serving under the Roman Emperor Trajan (September 18, 53 – August 9, 117) who reigned from AD98 until his death in 117 and then the Roman Emperor Hadrian (January 24, 76 – July 10, 138) who reigned from 117 to 138 AD . Placidus was out hunting one day and after bringing a stag to bay, he discovered that the stag had a crucifix with the dead Redeemer upon it between its horns. This caused him to reflect upon the new Christian Faith of which he had heard so much, the consequence being that on the very next day he was baptized and changed his name to Eustace. His wife and sons also converted to Christianity at the same time. The beliefs of Eustace and his family were then put to the test when they refused to offer incense to the false Roman gods when celebrating the victories of the Roman Emperors. He was arrested and sentenced to being roasted to death in the brazen bull, an execution device originally designed in ancient Greece..
Death of Saint Eustace
There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors. A Christian martyr is regarded as one who is put to death for his Christian faith or convictions. Confessors are people who died natural deaths. Date of Death: Saint Eustace died in A.D. 118. Cause of Death: Roasted alive.
Why is Saint Eustace the patron of Hunters and those facing adversity?
Why is Saint Eustace is the patron of Hunters and those facing adversity? Because of his vision whilst out hunting and his strength whist facing a terrible death in a bronze statue - the 'brazen bull'.
How Saint Eustace is represented in Christian Art
It is helpful to be able to recognise Saint Eustace in paintings, stained glass windows, illuminated manuscripts, architecture and other forms of Christian art. The artistic representations reflect the life or death of saints, or an aspect of life with which the person is most closely associated. Saint Eustace is represented in Christian Art as a Roman soldier, and his attributes are either a stag with a crucifix, or a brazen bull.
Feast Day of Saint Eustace
The Feast Day of Saint Eustace is September 20th. The origin of Feast Days: most saints have specially designated feast days and are associated with a specific day of the year and these are referred to as the saint's feast day. The feast days first arose from the very early Christian custom of the annual commemoration of martyrs on the dates of their deaths at the same time celebrating their birth into heaven.