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Saint Narcissus of Jerusalem (c. 99–215)

Saint Narcissus of Jerusalem (c. 99–215)

Patron saint against insect bites

Feast day: October 29

Saint Narcissus became the bishop of Jerusalem when he was already advanced in years. While he was bishop, one of his critics accused him of a crime that he did not commit. The claim was not believed by the Christians in his diocese and the charges didn't hold up, but Narcissus took the allegations as an opportunity to retire from his role as bishop and become a desert hermit.

After he was completely exonerated of the charges against him, Narcissus returned to Jerusalem, older but stronger and more passionate in his faith. He resumed his position as bishop of Jerusalem. When the deacons forgot to supply oil for the church lamps on Holy Saturday, Narcissus performed a miracle and turned water into lamp oil so that services could commence.

When his old age began to take its toll, Narcissus prayed to God to send a bishop to assist him. God responded by sending Saint Alexander of Cappadocia, and the two took charge of the diocese together. Narcissus lived to a very old age, and he is the patron saint against insect bites.

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