May 4 – Saint Florian: Patron Saint of Poland, Austria, Firefighters, Harvests; against Floods, Fires, Water Dangers, Battles, Drowning

Saint Florian, Patron Saint Against Floods (Feast Date: May 4)

Saint Florian (Patron Saint of  Floods) (Feast Date: May 4) Extract from: Saint Florian of Lorch: “Third century officer in Roman army stationed in modern Austria. Military administrator of the town of Noricum, and a closet Christian. Said to have stopped a town from burning by praying and throwing a single bucket of water on the blaze, and thus his association with firefighters and those who protect us from fire, including chimney sweeps. When ordered to execute a group of Christians during the persecutions of Diocletian, he refused, and professed his own faith. Martyr.” See picture of St. Florian. See also: Saint Florian (Multilingual),  Florián de Lorch, Santo (SP),  S. FLORIANO, Martire (IT), Saint Florian (FR), św. Florian, żołnierz i męczennik (4 maja) (PO). St. Florian’s PRAYER. VIDEOS: Video for Firefighters Worldwide.

Saint Florian, Patron Saint Against Floods (Feast Date: May 4)

Extract from:  Saint Florian von Lorch:  “Florian von Lorch was born around 250 AD and was martyred for his faith around 304 AD.  . . . He converted to Christianity when it was still a minority religion. It is said that as a youth, Florian was able to put out a fire in a house through the power of his prayers alone. It is also said that he saved an entire city from flames with only a single bucket of water. .. At the beginning of the 4th century, during the persecution named for the Emperor Diocletian, Florian made a public profession of his Christian Faith and turned himself in to the local governor. Governor Aquilinus, wishing to make an example of the popular Fire Chief, ordered his execution by burning at the stake. Florian was twice scourged, half-flayed alive, and then prepared to be set on fire. After several attempts to light the kindling failed, the infuriated Aquilinus ordered a millstone tied to Florian’s neck and Florian thrown into the River Enns. A pious woman found the body of the Martyr Florian and returned it to dry land. .Eventually, his body was removed to an Augustinian Abbey near Linz, which became known as The Abbey Saint Florian. . . . Many miracles of healing were attributed to his intercession and he was invoked as a powerful protector when in danger from fire or water. . .  “   See pictures of Saint Florian, Saint Florian, Patron Saint of Firefighters, St. Florian Prayer ; San Floriano Martire (It), San Floriano di Lorch Martire (It); San Florián (Sp); and Święty Florian, żołnierz, męczennik (Po).

Saint Florian, Patron Saint Against Fires (Feast Date:  May 4)

Extract from St. Florian: “St. Florian, was an officer of the Roman army, who occupied a high administrative post in Noricum, now part of Austria, and who suffered death for the Faith in the days of Diocletian. His legendary “Acts” state that he gave himself up at Lorch to the soldiers of Aquilinus, the governor, when they were rounding up the Christians, and after making a bold confession, he was twice scourged, half-flayed alive, set on fire, and finally thrown into the river Enns with a stone around his neck.”See picture of Saint Florian.

Saint Florian,  Patron Saint Against Floods (Feast Date: May 4)

Extract from Patronage of Global Warming: Saint Florian was an officer in the Roman army. The Emperor Diocletian ordered him to execute a group of Christians but Florian, a secret Christian himself, refused and admitted to being a Christian himself. For his defiance and admission he was scourged, flayed and thrown into a river with a stone tied to his neck. Florian is the Patron Saint of both fire and flood as one legend tells of him stopping a town from burning with a single bucket of water. Images of Saint Florian often show him either holding a small burning house or pouring water onto a miniature burning town.

Saint Florian, Patron Saint Against Floods, Fires, Water Dangers  (Feast Date: May 4)

Extract from Florian: “The St. Florian commemorated in the Roman Martyrology on May 4th, was an officer of the Roman army, who occupied a high administrative post in Noricum, now part of Austria, and who suffered death for the Faith in the days of Diocletian. His legendary “Acts” state that he gave himself up at Lorch to the soldiers of Aquilinus, the governor, when they were rounding up the Christians, and after making a bold confession, he was twice scourged, half-flayed alive, set on fire, and finally thrown into the river Enns with a stone around his neck. His body, recovered and buried by a pious woman, was eventually removed to the Augustinian Abbey of St. Florian, near Linz. It is said to have been at a later date translated to Rome, and Pope Lucius III, in 1138, gave some of the saint’s relics to King Casimir of Poland and to the Bishop of Cracow. Since that time, St. Florian has been regarded as a patron of Poland as well as of Linz, Upper Austria and of firemen. There has been popular devotion to St. Florian in many parts of central Europe, and the tradition as to his martyrdom, not far from the spot where the Enns flows into the Danube, is ancient and reliable. Many miracles of healing are attributed to his intercession and he is invoked as a powerful protector in danger from fire or water. His feast day is May 4th.” See picture of Saint Florian

Saint Florian, Patron Saint Against Floods  (Feast Date: May 4)

Extract from Patronage of Global Warming: “(Feast Date: May 4th) (death ca.382) Saint Florian was an officer in the Roman army. The Emperor Diocletian ordered him to execute a group of Christians but Florian, a secret Christian himself, refused and admitted to being a Christian himself. For his defiance and admission he was scourged, flayed and thrown into a river with a stone tied to his neck. Florian is the Patron Saint of both fire and flood as one legend tells of him stopping a town from burning with a single bucket of water. Images of Saint Florian often show him either holding a small burning house or pouring water onto a miniature burning town.”

Saint Florian, Patron Saint Against Floods  (Feast Date: May 4)

Extract from Global Warming: “Saint Florian is the Patron Saint of floods, battles, fire, firefighters, chimney sweeps, brewers, barrel makers. Saint Florin was an officer in the Roman army. Emperor Diocletian ordered him to execute a group of Christians but Florian, a secret Christian himself, refused and admitted to being a Christian himself. For his defiance and admission he was scourged, flayed and thrown into a river with a stone tied to his neck. Florian is the Patron Saint of both fire and flood as one legend tells of him stopping a town from burning with a single bucket of water. Images of Saint Florian often show him either holding a small burning house or pouring water onto a miniature burning town.”

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We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Florian on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Flooding in Nigeria (October 2012) (Africa) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: October 22 – November 4, 2012.

Flooding in Thailand (November 2011) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: December 6 – December 19, 2011.

Flood-Related Landslides in China (July 2010)  (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: July 19-August 1, 2010.

Flooding in Serbia (November, 2009) (Europe) See World Mission Rosary Intentions:  December 7 – December 20, 2009.

Fires in United States of America (California) (November, 2009) (America) See World Mission Rosary Intentions:  November 23 – December 6, 2009.

Floods in India (October, 2009) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions:  October 26 – November 8, 2009.

Flooding in United States of America (Fall, 2009) (America) See World Mission Rosary Intentions:  September 28 – October 11, 2009.

Ferry Accident in the Philippines (September 6, 2009) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions:  September 14 – September 27, 2009.

Floods in China and Viet Nam (July 4-5, 2009) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions:  August 17 – September 13, 2009.

Floods in India (July, 2009) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions:  July 6 – July 19, 2009.

Floods in Burundi (April, 2009) (Africa) See World Mission Rosary Intentions:  May 11 – May 24, 2009.

Floods in Indonesia (March, 2009) See World Mission Rosary Intentions:  April 13 – April 26, 2009.

Floods in Angola (March, 2009) (Africa) See World Mission Rosary Intentions:  March 16 – March 29, 2009.

Floods in Guyana  (December 2008) (America) See World Mission Rosary Intentions:  January 5, 2009 – January 18, 2009.

Floods in Papua New Guinea (December, 2008) (Oceania) See World Mission Rosary Intentions:  December 22, 2008—January 4, 2009.

Floods in Sumatra, Indonesia (November 4, 2008) See World Mission Rosary Intentions:  December 8 – December 21, 2008.

Flooding in Eastern Indonesia  (Fall, 2008) (Oceania) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: October 27- November 9, 2008.

That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

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