Saint Florian is the patron Saint of Fire Fighters. Even though I'm not Catholic, I seldom leave our firehouse without saying a quick hello and asking for his protection.

The Miracle he performed is said to be pouring a single bucket of water on a burning town, dousing the fire entirely.

He was an officer in the Roman army and when commanded to kill a group of Christians, refused and proclaimed his faith.He was martyred circa 304.

The details were grusome.He was flayed alive and tossed into a river with a millstone tied around his neck.

He is represented in works of art as a young man, sometimes in armor, sometimes not, pouring water onto a flamed engulfed church.In other works he is depicted as leaning on a millstone or being thrown into a river tied to a millstone.


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