Saint Brigid Religious Education
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West Hartford, CT 06110
Feast day: May 12
Pancras was a young saint about who little is known. He is thought to
have been born in Phrygia around the year 290. He was brought to Rome by
his uncle, Saint Dionysius, in the early Fourth Century where both were
converted to Christianity.
This was the period when the persecution by the emperor Diocletian was
beginning. Though the circumstances are not known, it is believed that
Pancras and his uncle were called upon to worship pagan gods and
refused. Pancras, at the age of fourteen, was then beheaded. His uncle
died later in prison.
Pancras was buried in a cemetery in Rome which later was named after
him. In the Seventh Century, Pope Vitalian sent the relics of St.
Pancras to England as the evangelization of that land was getting
underway. St. Augustine of Canterbury later dedicated the first church
built in England to the saint. Today, many churches and public places in
England, including a borough and a railroad station, are named after
St. Pancras is a patron of children. He is also patron against false
witness and perjury. In Germany, It is believed that those who have
perjured themselves in the presence of this saint's relics will be
openly punished by God. St. Pancras is also invoked by those suffering
from headaches and cramps.