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Saint Florian (d. 304)

Saint Florian (d. 304)

Patron saint of chimney sweeps and firefighters and against drowning

Feast day: May 4

Saint Florian was an officer in the Roman army. A Christian, he kept his faith a secret for fear of persecution. Even though he kept it hidden, Florian’s faith was so strong that he saved an entire town from being burned by fervently praying and throwing a single bucket of water onto the flames. When he was ordered to execute a group of Christians as part of his duties as an officer, he refused. He not only refused, but he professed his own Christian faith as well and was martyred. 

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