Saint Pancras was probably born in the late
third century, possibly in Syria or Phrygia (a province of Asia Minor). Some
sources maintain that Pancras was orphaned at a young age and sent to live with an uncle in Rome.
There Pancras became a Christian when his uncle converted. It is believed that both were martyred
during the Roman emperor Diocletian’s
persecutions of the Christians in the 300s. Pancras was only a
teenager when he died for refusing to offer a sacrifice to
the pagan gods. Pancras’ tomb in Rome was believed to be
near the second milestone on the Via Aurelia. A
basilica was later built at the site by Pope Symmachus.
St. Pancras is the Patron Saint of teenagers and
his feast day is celebrated May 12th.
St. Pancras, pray for all
teenagers that their faith may be as strong as yours,
strong enough to lead them through all the trials of their life.
The Patron Saint Pancras
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.
and information about Saint Pancras
The following provides fast and concise facts and information:
The patron of Children
Born: 289 AD, Synnada, Phrygia
Memorial Day / Feast Day: May 12th
Date of Death:
Saint Pancras died in A.D. 304
Cause of Death: Beheaded
Who or what is Saint
Pancras the patron saint of?
Saint Pancras is the patron of Children. 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.
The Story and History
of Saint Pancras
Saint Pancras was born in 289 AD in Synnada,
Phrygia a kingdom in the west central part of Anatolia (modern Turkey). He is
also known by the names Pancritas and Pancratius. He was orphaned at an early
age and taken to Rome by his uncle, Dionysius. Pancras converted to Christianity
after meeting Christians in Rome and through the influence of Dionysius. Pancras
lived during the rule of the Roman Emperor Diocletian (r.284-305). Emperor
Diocletian mounted some of the fiercest persecutions of the early Church
especially in the East of the Empire. Converting to Christianity during this
period was highly dangerous and at the age Pancras announced his Christian faith
publically. He was arrested and then beheaded.
Death of Saint
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 Pancras died
in A.D. 304. Cause of Death: Beheaded.
Why is Saint Pancras
the patron of Children?
Saint Pancras is the patron of Children because he was only
fourteen years of age when he was martyred.
How Saint Pancras is
represented in Christian Art
It is helpful to be able to recognize Saint Pancras 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 Pancras is
represented in Christian Art as trampling upon a Saracen, in allusion to his
hatred of infidels; and bearing in his hand a stone or a sword, the implements
of his martyrdom.
Feast Day of Saint Pancras
The Feast Day of Saint Pancras is May 12th. 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.