Death of Children / Julitta and Cyriacus of Iconium, d. 304, Feast Day: June 16

A Turkish widow, Julitta and her young son, Cyriacus, moved to Tarsus to escape persecution. She was denounced to a ruling magistrate there, who questioned her while he played with Cyriacus. When she refused to give up her faith, she was given the death sentence. Her son told the magistrate he was a Christian as well, so enraging the man that he threw the boy down the stairs, killing him before his mother. Centuries later, Cyriacus appeared to the Emperor Charlemagne, who was in danger of being gored by a boar while hunting. He offered to save the emperor in exchange for clothing for himself. He is known as Saint Cyr in France.

Other patronages: torture victims

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