Neurological Disorders / Vitus, d. 303, Feast Day: June 15

A Sicilian boy who converted to Christianity at a young age, Vitus exorcized a demon from the son of Emperor Diocletian. While he was imprisoned because of his faith, a band of dancing angels would entertain him. He was martyred by being thrown in a cauldron of boiling pitch. In Germany, his shrine was visited by many people with nerve disorders, and it became customary to dance all night on his feast day.

Other patronages: Bohemia, Sicily; hens, roosters; actors, brewers, comedians, coppersmiths, coopers, dancers, pharmacists, tinkers, vintners; epileptics, insane people

Invoked: against bedwetting, snakebite, wild-animal attacks


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