June 15 – Saint Vitus: Patron Saint of Sicily, Czech Republic, against Storms, Epilepsy and Animal Attacks

Saint Vitus, Patron Saint Against Storms (Feast Date: June 15)

Extract from Saint Vitus: “Legend says that Vitus was the son of a pagan Sicilian senator named Hylas. The boy was converted to Christianity at age twelve by his tutor, Saint Modestus, and his nurse Saint Crescentia. His father showed his objection to the conversion by having all three arrested and scourged.  Freed from prison by angels, they fled to Lucania, then Rome. There Vitus freed the son of Emperor Diocletian from an evil spirit. When Vitus would not sacrifice to the pagan gods in celebration, his cure was attributed to sorcery, and he and his household were arrested again. Tortured, and condemned to death, they were thrown to the lions; the lions would not touch them, so they were thrown into boiling oil. At the moment of their deaths, a immense storm destroyed several pagan temples in the region, which led to the tradition of protection against stormy weather. . . ” See picture of Saint Vitus and  Prayer to St. Vitus.

Saint Vitus, Patron Saint of Sicily (Feast Date:  June 15)

Extract from Saint Vitus: “Vitus, the only son of a senator in Sicily, become a Christian when he was twelve. When his conversions and miracles became widely known to the administrator of Sicily. When Vitus would not sacrifice to the gods, his cure was attributed to sorcery. He, Modestus, and Crescentia were subjected to various tortures from which they emerged unscathed, and were freed when during a storm, temples were destroyed and an angel guided them back to Lucania, where they eventually died. So much for the legend. A great devotion to Vitus developed in Germany when his relics were translated to Saxony in 836.”

Saint Vitus, Patron Saint against Storms (Feast Date: June 15)

(Extract from Saint Vitus)
Saint Vitus, the only son of a senator in Sicily, become a Christian when he was twelve. When his conversions and miracles became widely known to the administrator of Sicily, Valerian, he had Vitus brought before him, to shake his faith. He was unsuccessful, but Vitus with his tutor, Modestus, and servant, Crescentia, fled to Lucania and then to Rome, where he freed Emperor Diocletian’s son of an evil spirit. When Vitus would not sacrifice to the gods, his cure was attributed to sorcery. He, Modestus, and Crescentia were subjected to various tortures from which they emerged unscathed, and were freed when during a storm, temples were destroyed and an angel guided them back to Lucania, where they eventually died. So much for the legend. What is fact is that their cult goes back centuries and that they were Christians who were martyred in Lucania. A great devotion to Vitus developed in Germany when his relics were translated to Saxony in 836. He is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers and is the patron of epileptics, those afflicted with St. Vitus’ Dance (named after him}, dancers, and actors, and is a protector against storms.

Saint Vitus, Patron Saint against Storms (Feast Date: June 15)

Extract from Saint Vitus: “reliable legend has Vitus become a Christian when he was 12. When his conversions and miracles became widely known to the administrator of Sicily, Valerian, he had Vitus brought before him, to shake his faith. He was unsuccessful, but Vitus with his tutor, Modestus, and servant, Crescentia, fled to Lucania and then to Rome, where he freed Emperor Diocletian’s son of an evil spirit. When Vitus would not sacrifice to the gods, his cure was attributed to sorcery. He, Modestus, and Crescentia were subjected to various tortures from which they emerged unscathed, and were freed when during a storm, temples were destroyed and an angel guided them back to Lucania, where they eventually died. Their cult goes back centuries. A great devotion to Vitus developed in Germany when his relics were translated to Saxony in 836. He is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers and is the patron of epileptics, those afflicted with St. Vitus’ Dance (named after him}, dancers, and actors, and is a protector against storms.”

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

Rabies in Peru (May, 2012) (America) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: June 4 – June 17, 2012.

Tornado in Mississippi (April 24, 2010) (America) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: May 10 – May 23, 2010.

Rainstorm and Mudslides (October, 2009) in Sicily (Europe) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: October 12 – 25, 2009.

Storms in Australia (Summer, 2009) (Oceania) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: July 7 – July 19, 2009.

Cyclone Asila in Bangladesh and Eastern India (May 26, 2009) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: June 8 – June 21, 2009.

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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