July 21


Saint of the day:
Saint Victor of Marseilles

Patron Saint of cabinetmakers, millers, torture victims, sick children; invoked against lightning

Saint Victor is the patron saint of Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. 

His life and martyrdom are celebrated in the scenes depicted on the high altar of St. Nicholas' Church, Tallinn.

The Story of St. Victor of Marseilles

St. Victor of Marseilles (d. 290 A.D.) was a Christian soldier serving in the Roman imperial army in Marseilles, France. Christianity was thriving there, until Emperor Maximian arrived with the intention of putting the Christians to death. This caused the Christians to fear, and St. Victor would go from house to house under the cover of night to admonish them to stand strong in their faith. This behavior drew attention, and during one of his nightly rounds he was arrested. The Roman prefects tried to dissuade him from following a "dead man" (Jesus), but St. Victor testified boldly for the truth of the Christian faith. Enraged, the prefects had him bound and dragged through the streets. Victor was undeterred and continued to denounce the Roman gods. His tortures were renewed until his torturers grew tired, after which he was thrown into a dungeon. That night he was visited by angels, and his three guards were converted and baptized that same night. The next morning the Emperor had the guards beheaded, while St. Victor was kept alive for fresh torments. After three days of abuse, the Emperor commanded Victor to burn incense to the gods. Instead, St. Victor walked up to the altar and kicked it over with his foot. In retaliation, his foot was cut off. Seeing that his efforts to cause Victor to apostatize were useless, the Emperor finally had him crushed to death on a grindstone. His body was thrown into the sea before being recovered and buried by Christians. His tomb became a place where many miracles occurred.











Abbaye Saint-Victor

Place Saint-Victor, 13007 Marseille, France

St. Victor in Marseilles was founded two monasteries - male and female, were both established by the founder John Cassian in the early fifth century.

Victor of Marseilles lived in the III century and was executed by order of Emperor Maximian for refusing to participate in pagan sacrifices. The monasteries were built on the burial place of Victor and a few martyrs for the faith. The monastery of Saint-Victor in Marseille is one of the oldest on the territory of modern France.