Florian

Patron of Firefighters  Brewers  Poland  Austria  Good Harvests  Chimney Sweeps  Coopers  Soap Makers

Invoked against battles, fires, floods

Feast Day: May 4

Our St. Florian Anachron
Our St. Florian Anachron

Florian was an officer in the Roman army around 300 AD, holding a high position in Noricum (now part of Austria). He served under the Emperor Diocletian, a ruthless persecutor who expected his legions to dutifully assist him in exterminating Christians. Florian declined to do so, declaring that he was himself a Christian. This act of defiance enraged Aquilinus, the governor. He attempted, through various acts of torture (including scourging, flaying and burning) to induce Florian to denounce his faith. Florian remained defiantly steadfast through it all.  Aquilinus finally had him thrown into the River Enns with a mill stone tied to his neck.

A “pious woman” retrieved his body from the river and gave him an honorable burial. His remains were eventually moved to the Abbey of St. Florian, near Linz. They were later transferred to Rome and Pope Lucius III, in the 12th century,  gave some of the relics to King Casimir of Poland.

Since that time, St. Florian has been regarded as a patron of Poland, in addition to Austria. Many miracles have been attributed to him and he is frequently invoked as a protector against the dangers of both fire and water. Florian is associated with brewers because of a legendary incident in which he miraculously stopped a fire with a single pitcher of water. This incident, as well as his martyrdom, has been depicted in numerous works of art.

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St. Florian Spirit Stone

St. Florian Spirit Stone

Our St. Florian is available as a plaque, tile, poster, spirit stone, pendant, and more in PatriArts Gallery  

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