Featured Saint 8/06

St Leontius of Tripoli

Claim to fame: St Leontius was born in Tripoli, he washandsome and perfect in his conduct. He was enlisted in the army where he preached to his fellow soldiers the corruption of idol worshipping. He was martyred for his refusal to worship the idols.

Quote: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril or sword?” – Romans 8:35

Fun fact: A rich believing woman, paid the soliders to take the body of the Saint. A time later, her husband was arrested by Diocletian. St. Leontius appeared to her husband in prison and told him, ‘Do not grieve or be sorrowful, for you shall be delivered tomorrow, and you shall eat with the Emperor at his table, and you shall return safely to your house.’ The Saint, then, went to the Emperor, and woke him up. When the Emperor saw the Saint, he became terrified. The Saint told the Emperor, ‘I have come to you, O Emperor, to order the release of the army commander. Honor him, and let him go to his house, lest you be destroyed.’ The Emperor, who was trembling, replied saying, ‘Whatever you command me, O my lord, I will do.’ The next morning, the Emperor brought the commander out of prison, honored him, and dined with him at his own table.