Catholic Saints

Saint Apollonia

  • Short, concise biography of Saint Apollonia
  • History, Life, Biography, Facts and Information about Saint Apollonia
  • Fast, concise facts and information about Saint Apollonia
  • What is Saint Apollonia the patron of?
  • Date of Death
  • How Saint Apollonia is represented in Christian Art
  • Feast Day

The Patron Saint Apollonia
What is the definition and the meaning of the Patron Saints and why were these people chosen to become patrons of causes, professions and countries?

The term 'Patron' is used in Christian religions, including the Roman Catholic religion, to describe holy and virtuous men and women who are considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a country.

There is a patron for virtually every cause, country, profession or special interest.

There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors. A martyr is one who is put to death for his Christian faith or convictions.

Fast, concise facts and information about Saint Apollonia
The following provides fast and concise facts and information:

  • The patron of and protector against toothache
  • Memorial Day / Feast Day: February 9th
  • Date of Death: Saint Apollonia died in 250
  • Cause of Death: Burnt to Death

Who or what is Saint Apollonia the patron saint of?
Saint Apollonia is the patron of toothache. Meanings, definition and origins - a patron is considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a nation. There is a patron for virtually every cause, profession or special interest. Prayers are considered more likely to be answered by asking a patron for intercession on their behalf.

Prayer for Toothache to Saint Apollonia

The Story and History of Saint Apollonia
The story and history of Saint Apollonia. She was the pious Deaconess of a Christian group in Alexandria in Egypt. During an anti-Christian uprising the Egyptian mob seized Apollonia because of her position with the Christians. She was tortured and had all her beautiful teeth pulled out one by one with pincers. She was given the choice of renouncing Christ or being burned alive and she reputedly leapt into the fire and was burnt to death.

Death of Saint Apollonia
There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors. A Christian martyr is regarded as one who is put to death for his Christian faith or convictions. Confessors are people who died natural deaths. Date of Death: Saint Apollonia died in 250. Cause of Death: Burnt to Death. 

Why is Saint Apollonia the patron of toothache?
Why is Saint Apollonia is the patron of toothache? St. Apollonia of Alexandria was flung into a fiery furnace, which consumed her; but before he death she was tortured and had all her beautiful teeth pulled out one by one.

How Saint Apollonia is represented in Christian Art
It is helpful to be able to recognise Saint Apollonia in paintings, stained glass windows, illuminated manuscripts, architecture and other forms of Christian art. The artistic representations reflect the life or death of saints, or an aspect of life with which the person is most closely associated. Saint Apollonia is represented in Christian Art with with a pair of pincers, either in her hand or lying beside her.

Feast Day of Saint Apollonia
The Feast Day of Saint Apollonia is February 9th. The origin of Feast Days: most saints have specially designated feast days and are associated with a specific day of the year and these are referred to as the saint's feast day. The feast days first arose from the very early Christian custom of the annual commemoration of martyrs on the dates of their deaths at the same time celebrating their birth into heaven.

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