St Vitus

(d. 303)

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(d. perhaps 303),

martyr. According to a late legend he was born in S. Italy of pagan parents and secretly brought up as a Christian by his nurse and her husband, all three being martyred under Diocletian. He is invoked against sudden death, hydrophobia, and the convulsive disorder known as St Vitus' dance. Feast day, 15 June.

Subjects: Christianity.

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