Felix of Nola

(d. 360)

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(d. 360),

confessor. As his compatriot Paulinus relates, he was tortured but not killed in time of persecution, and afterwards enjoyed a fruitful apostolate, notable for conversions and miracles. Bede wrote a summary of this work. His cult is witnessed by the Martyrologies of Jerome and of Carthage and by many ancient sacramentaries. His church at Nola, decorated by murals of Old Testament subjects, was a notable pilgrimage centre from the 4th century. The hagiographers, however, confused the issue by either making several Felixes out of one, or else identifying several separate ones. It seems most likely that the basilica of Felix on the Pincian Hill, Rome, was built to honour the martyr Felix on the Via Portuensis. There are sixty-six saints of the name of Felix listed in the Roman Martyrology alone. Felix of Nola occurs in the Sarum calendar and in fifteen English Benedictine calendars. Feast now 15 November.

AA.SS. Ian. I (1643), 937–50 and Propylaeum, pp. 20–1; B.L.S., i. 94. Bede, H.E., v. 24; see also P.L., xciv. 789–98.

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