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By David Hugh Farmer

This is often excess of a dry hagiographical account of the lives of saints. This exciting and authoritative dictionary breathes lifestyles into its matters and is as browsable because it is informative. severely acclaimed in its many versions, the dictionary is now reissued into the rebranded best-selling Oxford Paperback Reference series.
The entries are concise money owed of the lives, cults, and inventive institutions of over 1,400 saints, from the recognized to the vague, the wealthy to the negative, and the tutorial to the uneducated. From all walks of lifestyles and from all sessions of historical past, the vast types of personalities and achievements of the canonized are mirrored. that includes maps of pilgrimage attractions in Europe and completely up-to-date appendices, this continues to be the normal reference paperback in its field.
Recently-added saints comprise the Martyrs of Korea, Vietnam, and the Spanish Civil warfare, Andrew of Crete, and Emily Rodat, a feminine hermit of the seventh century. There also are extra Scottish and Irish saints, and historic Welsh saints; extra ecu saints from all centuries, in addition to extra saints from japanese Europe; extra lately canonized saints and feminine saints from the USA.

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SS. Iul. VII (1731), 130–41; C. M. H. , p. 405: H. Delehaye, ‘Recherches sur le légendier romain’, Anal. Boll. , li (1933), 33–98. ABRAHAM KIDUNAIA (6th century), hermit. Born of a prosperous kinfolk close to Edessa in Mesopotamia, Abraham agreed to his mom and dad’ want that he may still marry, yet at the final of the seven-day feasting which preceded the marriage ran away to be a monk within the desolate tract. associates and family remonstrated with him in useless: he walled up the door of his cellphone, leaving just a small starting for nutrients, and gave all his items to the negative aside from a cloak, a goatskin, a bowl, and a mat. hence built, he led a lifetime of penance for 50 years. close to his mobilephone used to be a pagan city BethKiduna, whose voters had hitherto resisted all makes an attempt to transform them. The bishop of Edessa requested him to go away his hermitage and pontificate to the folk; for this goal he ordained him priest. Abraham had a church equipped after which destroyed each idol in sight. pushed out through the folk, he lower back throughout the evening and back preached to the townsmen, who stoned him and left him half-dead. He again to evangelise for approximately 3 years inspite of ill-treatment; without warning there has been a step forward: his persistence confident them of his holiness, they listened to his message and have been baptized. For a yr he persevered to coach after which retired to his hermitage. an enticing legend which further to his acceptance relates how his orphan niece Mary have been entrusted to his care. For her he equipped a mobilephone close to his personal and expert her in studying and piety till she was once twenty. At this element, seduced via a fake monk, she ran away, longing to determine the broader global, went to Troas and have become a prostitute. for 2 years he lamented her departure in lack of know-how after which boldly tried to rescue her. He disguised himself as a military officer and pretended to hunt her prone. before everything, now not spotting him, she used to be uninhibited; later, retaining her hand, he comforted her, appealed to her to renew her former lifestyles, and promised to take her sins on himself if basically she might go back. This she did and used to be rewarded after 3 years via the present of therapeutic. Abraham died on the age of seventy. an instantaneous well known cult used to be manifested via area people attempting to take components of his garments. The lifestyles and Legend of Abraham has encouraged English and different dramatists. banquet: sixteen March, yet within the Byzantine calendar Abraham and his niece Mary are commemorated jointly on 29 October. AA. SS. Mart. II (1668), 433–44; A. Lamy, ‘Acta B. Abrahae Kidunaiae’, Anal. Boll. , x (1891), 5–49; A. Wilmart in Revue Bénédictine, 1 (1938), 222–45; B. L. S. , x, 201. ACACIUS (no date), martyr, supposedly with 10,000 partners. The cult of those basically legendary martyrs turns out to have began in Armenia; their Acts heavily resemble these of *Maurice and the Theban legion. where in their demise was once claimed to be Mount Ararat. there is not any early facts for a cult: the Acts date from the twelfth century and their recognition from the time of the Crusades. those comprise a narrative that Acacius requested God prior to their loss of life by means of crucifixion by the hands of a pagan military, that whoever commemorated their reminiscence may get pleasure from health and wellbeing of brain and physique; accordingly, Acacius was once frequently integrated one of the *Fourteen Holy Helpers.

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