Saint of Firemen and chimney sweeps
Feastday: May 4th
The legend of Saint Florian is based on the real life events of a
Roman soldier, Florian von Lorch, who was an official of the Roman
Empire. Converted to Christianity when Christians were a small
minority, Florian was martyred in 304 A.D. He was thrown into the
river Ems with a millstone tied around his neck. His body was
brought to dry land where an eagle mysteriously watched over him
until he was buried. A Benedictine Abbey Church now stands on the
place along the river Ems.
It is said that he saved an entire
city from flames with only a single bucket of water. Because of
this events Florian has been the Patron Saint of firemen and
chimney sweeps since the twelfth century.
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