18 June 2012

St. Hyacinth of Caesarea

From Wikipedia: Hyacinth was a Christian living at the start of the 2nd century, who is honored as a martyr and a saint by both the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church. According to tradition, he served as chamberlain to the Emperor Trajan. When he was discovered to be a Christian, Hyacinth was imprisoned in Caesarea, Cappadocia, and underwent numerous scourgings. He was deliberately served only meat which had been blessed for sacrifice to the official Roman gods, the eating of which was banned by both Judaism and Christianity. Thus he starved to death in A.D. 120.[1] It is claimed that it is his body which is preserved and venerated in the abbey church of the former Cistercian Abbey of F├╝rstendfeld, of which the church is the only surviving structure.

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