Saint of the day:
Patron Saint of falcons, gardeners and winegrowers; Kotor, Montenegro;
Moscow, Russia; invoked against rodents and locusts
Saint Tryphon is said to have been born at Kampsade (Campsada, in Phrygia, now Turkey), and as a boy took care of geese. His name is derived from the Greek τρυφή (tryphe) meaning "softness, delicacy". He acquired fame as a healer, especially of animals, and is considered one of the Holy Unmercenaries, particularly invoked on farms. During the Decian persecution he was taken to Nicaea about the year 250 and was tortured and beheaded with a sword after he had converted the heathen prefect Licius.