Saint of the Day ~ July 27

SAINT PANTELEON (?-c.305), martyr – Patron saint of physicians, bachelors, victims of torture, and those suffering from tuberculosis

Today, the Church honors Saint Panteleon, a lifelong layperson and bachelor. He was the physician to the Roman emperor Maximian.

Previously a Christian, he abandoned his faith and fell in with a worldly and idolatrous crowd. But he eventually returned to the Church, giving his fortune to the poor and treating them medically without charge, and it is said that some of his cures were accomplished through prayer.

Panteleon was eventually denounced to the anti-Christian authorities by other pagan physicians. At his trial, he offered a contest between himself and the pagan priests. He challenged the pagan priests to heal a paralyzed man with their prayers, but they were unable. Panteleon cured the man by simply mentioning the name of Jesus. As a result, many of those who witnessed the miracle converted.

The authorities tried to bribe him into denouncing his faith in Christ, but failed. They then threatened him; and that failed as well. They followed up the threats with torture. When that failed, Panteleon was killed and received the martyr’s crown about the year 305.

We commemorate his feastday on July 27.

(From catholicnewsagency.com, saints.sqpn.com, americancatholic.org, catholicculture.org and newadvent.org)

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PRAYER

(The following prayer is from the Roman Breviary from the Commons for One Martyr)

“All-powerful, Ever-living God, You gave Saint Panteleon the courage to witness to the Gospel of Christ, even to the point of giving his life for it. By his prayers, help us to endure all suffering for love of You and to seek You with all our hearts, for You alone are the Source of life.

“Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”

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