July 17


Saint of the day:
Saint Alexius of Rome

Patron Saint of Alexians; beggars; belt makers; nurses; pilgrims; travellers; Kalavryta

Saint Alexius of Rome's Story (Greek)

The Greek version of his legend made Alexius the only son of Euphemianus, a wealthy Christian Roman of the senatorial class. Alexius fled his arranged marriage to follow his holy vocation. Disguised as a beggar, he lived near Edessa in Syria, accepting alms even from his own household slaves, who had been sent to look for him but did not recognize him,[ until a miraculous icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary (later this image was called Madonna of St. Alexius) singled him out as a "Man of God" (Greek: Ἄνθρωπος τοῦ Θεοῦ). Fleeing the resultant notoriety, he returned to Rome, so changed that his parents did not recognize him, but as good Christians took him in and sheltered him for seventeen years, which he spent in a dark cubbyhole beneath the stairs, praying and teaching catechism to children. After his death, his family found a note on his body which told them who he was and how he had lived his life of penance from the day of his wedding, for the love of God.