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Saint Florian

Also known as Florian of Lorch

Memorial 4 May

Profile Third century officer in Roman army stationed in modern Austria. Military administrator of the town of Noricum, and a closet Christian. Said to have stopped a town from burning by throwing a single bucket of water on the blaze, and thus his association with firefighters and those who protect us from fire, including chimney sweeps. When ordered to execute a group of Christians during the persecutions of Diocletian, he refused, and professed his own faith. Martyr.

Died c.304; scourged, flayed alive, a stone tied to his neck, and dumped into a river; body later retreived by Christians and buried at an Augustinian monastery near Lorch; relics translated to Rome in 1138; part of the relics given to King Casimir of Poland and the bishop of Cracow by Pope Lucius III, which led to Florian's patronage of Poland and Upper Austria

Patronage against battles ,against drowning ,against fire, Austria ,barrel-makers ,brewers, chimney sweeps ,coopers ,drowning victims, fire prevention ,firefighters ,floods, harvests, Linz, Austria Poland ,soap-boilers

Representation bearded warrior with a lance and tub boy with a millstone classical warrior leaning on a millstone, pouring water on a fire , man being beaten man lying dead on a millstone guarded by an eagle, man on a journey with a hat and staff ,man thrown into a river with a millstone around his neck, man with a palm in his hand and a burning torch under his feet, man with a sword young man, sometimes in armor, sometimes unarmed, pouring water from a tub on a burning church

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