Fast, concise facts and information about Saint Pantaleon
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- The patron of Physicians
- Born: c275 in Nicomedia Bithynia
- Memorial Day / Feast Day: July 27th
- Date of Death: Saint Pantaleon died in A.D. 303
- Cause of Death: Nailed to a tree and beheaded
Who or what is Saint Pantaleon the patron saint of?
Saint Pantaleon is the patron of Physicians. 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 Pantaleon
The story and history of Saint Pantaleon. Pantaleon, also known as Panteleimon or Panteleon, was born in c275 at Nicomedia Bithynia, a Roman province of Turkey in the northwest of Asia Minor. He was a great doctor during the joint reigns of two Roman Emperors. The Roman Emperor Maximian, who was Roman Emperor for the Western Empire from 286 to 305 and Diocletian (r.284-305). who mounted some of the fiercest persecutions of the early Church especially in the East of the Empire. Pantaleon, who was a Christian, became so famous as a doctor that he was summoned to the court of the Roman Emperor Maximian to become the Emperor's personal physician. Christianity was a highly dangerous religion to follow during this period and Pantaleon abandoned his faith, corrupted by the wealth and beliefs of the court. He then came under the influence of the priest Hermolaus and reverted back to Christianity and donated all of his wealth to the poor. As a skilled physician he went about healing the sick without fee or reward. His success as a doctor attracted the jealousy of other physicians who denounced him as a Christian. He was put to torture but refused to renounce his faith. He bound to an olive tree, with a nail driven through his body and then beheaded.
Death of Saint Pantaleon
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 Pantaleon died in A.D. 303. Cause of Death: Nailed to a tree and beheaded.
Why is Saint Pantaleon the patron of Physicians?
Why is Saint Pantaleon is the patron of Physicians? Because he was a great and generous doctor.
How Saint Pantaleon is represented in Christian Art
It is helpful to be able to recognise Saint Pantaleon 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 Pantaleon is represented in Christian Art bound to an olive tree, with a nail driven through his body. This was the manner in which he suffered martyrdom. Instead of the palm he bears in his hand an olive, because, according to the legend, when the tree on which he suffered had its roots bathed with his blood, it brought forth leaves and fruit.
Feast Day of Saint Pantaleon
The Feast Day of Saint Pantaleon is July 27th. 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.