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Saint Aquilinus of Milan as protector against plague- Engraving
Saint Aquilinus of Milan as protector against plague, engraving 18th C.

Feast of Saint Aquilinus of Milan

(d. 1015 A.D.)

St. Aquilinus of Milan, also known as St. Aquilinus of Cologne, was born to a noble family in Bavaria, Germany.  He received his education in Cologne, Germany and was ordained to the priesthood.  St. Aquilinus was offered the bishopric of Cologne, but turned it down in order to be a missionary priest and itinerant preacher.

He traveled through various European cities fighting against the dangerous and spreading heresies of the Cathars, Manichaeans, and Arians.  He was also known to work miracles by healing people from disease, especially during a cholera epidemic.  He eventually settled in Milan, Italy, and was so effective in his preaching against the Arian heretics that they stabbed him to death and threw his body in the city sewer.  His body was recovered and buried in the Basilica of San Lorenzo, in a chapel which now bears his name.

St. Aquilinus’ feast day is January 29.

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Carlo Urbino, The Rediscovery of Saint Aquilinus of Cologne's Corpse, a fresco behind the main altar in the Cappella di Sant'Aquilino in the Basilica of San Lorenzo, Milan in Milan, Italy
Carlo Urbino, The Rediscovery of Saint Aquilinus of Cologne’s Corpse, a fresco behind the main altar in the Cappella di Sant’Aquilino in the Basilica of San Lorenzo, Milan in Milan, Italy

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith.”

cf. Hebrews 12:1-2
Saint Aquilinus of Milan intercedes before the Holy Trinity for people praying to him for protection against plague- Engraving by B. Kenckel, 1713
Saint Aquilinus of Milan intercedes before the Holy Trinity for people praying to him for protection against plague. Engraving by B. Kenckel, 1713

As they shed their blood for their brothers, the martyrs provided the ‘same kind of meal’ as they had received at the Lord’s table. Let us then love one another as Christ also loved us and gave himself up for us.”

St. Augustine of Hippo

Aquilinus of Milan

Saint Aquilinus, Protector Against Plague, pray for us.

Be not afraid!  And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.  Holy Family pray for us.  Amen.

The Holy Family, Murillo
The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities (c. 1675-82) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)

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