SAINTS SYRACUSE

Apart from the splendid example of S. Lucia our city has donated to the Church, to be born or lived there, as distinguished saints:
S. Marciano (year 63) first bishop of the city sent directly from Antioch S. Peter, performed many miracles and evangelized the city;
S. Cresto (year 74) disciple and successor for bishop of St. Marciano was martyred;
SS. Athanasius and Alessandro (year 303) martyrs, father and son, under the power of Pascasio them crocifisse together with other 79 martyrs;
SS. Sabiniano and Fabiano (year 306) after being locked up long and tortured in latomie were burned alive;
S. Orso (year 398) bishop of Ravenna, considered relative S. Bassiano;
S. Bassiano (year 409) Bishop, the son of a prefect of Syracuse, went to Rome to study moved from relative Bear in Ravenna where did many miracles, became bishop of Lodi, whose diocese is Patron;
S. Eulalio (year 503) Bishop, lived in a convent close to Priolo Gargallo;
S. Maximian (year 594) Bishop, performed several miracles, was master of Pope Gregory the Great and escaped death during a shipwreck;
S. Fausto (year 602) abbot of the monastery of St. Lucia predecessor and teacher S. Zosimus;
S. John (year 610) from Catania was elected bishop by Gregory the Great and was prophet.
S. Zosimus (year 662), was trained at an early age in the convent of St. Lucia Sepulcher which later became exemplary guardian. It devoted to particular works of charity during his life;
Pope Stephen III (IV) (years 772) considered traditionally born in Syracuse, called the council Lateran and Italy had come to the sacred images expelled from Constantinople;
S. Methodius (year 846) was born and was educated in Syracuse. Monaco became Constantinople where, beaten and locked in a tomb for nine years, then became Patriarch, is the author of the Canon of St. Lucia, a composition in honor of his concittadina;
S. The Hymnodist Joseph (year 886) was particularly poet of Marian hymns and special defender of the holy images;
S. Simeon (year 1035) monaco Benedictine, a pilgrim in Palestine and later hermit in the Sinai, which laid the foundations of the founding of the St. Tomb;
Other saints or not appointed  were born in Syracuse were martyred during the persecution and in later centuries.
Syracuse addition, as described in the Acts of the Apostles, was also visited for three days by the apostle Paul, accompanied by St. Luke, during his trip to Rome prison.
The Church of Syracuse also boasts of being the first dedicated to Christ after that of Antioch, because, as mentioned above, established by Marciano, sent directly from S. Peter.

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