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Saint Felix helps Saint Maximus by Giovanni da San Giovanni and Volterrano, 1636

Feast of Saint Felix of Nola

(d. 250 A.D.)

St. Felix of Nola was born in Italy near Naples, the son of a Syrian soldier. After his father’s death, Felix gave his goods to the poor and entered the priesthood. He was ordained by his bishop, St. Maximus of Nola, and served as his assistant. When persecution against Christians increased under Roman Emperor Decius, St. Maximus hid in the desert while St. Felix was captured, tortured, and thrown into prison. While in prison an angel appeared to Felix and freed him from his chains, bidding him to go to the aid of his bishop, St. Maximus, who was at the point of starving to death. After assisting the bishop, Felix fled from his captors by hiding in a hole. Miraculously, a spider quickly spun a web over the hole and prevented St. Felix from being caught by his pursuers. Felix continued hiding in a dry well for six months until the persecution abated. Afterwards he declined an offer to become the bishop of Nola following the death of St. Maximus. Felix’s property was confiscated in the persecutions, so he lived his remaining years farming a few acres of rented land for his own sustenance as well as alms for the poor. His feast day is January 14.
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Saint Felix of Nola beaten and hidden by a spider’s web

Dear St Felix, help me to accept any suffering that comes my way and to offer it up in the Name of the Lord. Amen.”

Prayerful meditation to Saint Felix of Nola
St. Felix of Nola nourishing St. Maximus with grapes from a thorn bush

Follow the saints because those who follow them will become saints.”

Saint Clement I, pope
St. Felix of Nola, mural on the walls of Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta

Saint Felix of Nola, 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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