Wednesday, April 18, 2012

St. Apollonius the Apologist

Feastday: April 18
Died: 185

Martyr whose Apologia, or defense of the faith, is considered one of the most priceless documents of the early Church. Apollonius was a Roman senator who was denounced as a Christian by one of his slaves. The Praetorian Prefect, Sextus Tigidius Perennis, arrested him, also putting the slave to death as an informer. Perennis demanded that Apollonius denounce the faith, and when he refused, the case was remanded to the Roman senate. There a debate took place between Perennis and Apollonius that clearly outlines the beauty and the value of Christianity. Despite his eloquent defense, Apollonius was condemned and beheaded.

Other Saints whose Feast Day is April 18
* St. Agia
* St. Apollonius the Apologist
* St. Athanasia of Aegina
* St. Wicterp
* St. Calocerus
* St. Cogitosus
* St. Corebus
* St. Eleutherius & Anthia
* St. Galdinus
* St. Gebuinus
* St. Laserian
* St. Perfectus
* St. Peter of Saint Joseph Betancur
* Bl. Marie-Anne Blondin
* St. Pedro de San Jose Betancur

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