Procopius of Scythopolis

Infobox Saint
name= Saint Procopius
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death_date=July 7, 303 AD
feast_day= July 8
venerated_in= Roman Catholic Church; Eastern Orthodox Church


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Saint Catherine's Monastery, Mount Sinai
birth_place= Jerusalem
death_place= Caesarea Maritima
titles= Great Martyr
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Procopius of Scythopolis (d. July 7, 303 AD) is venerated as an early martyr and saint. Eusebius of Caesarea writes of his martyrdom, which occurred during the persecution of Diocletian, and states that “he was born at Jerusalem, but had gone to live in Scythopolis, where he held three ecclesiastical offices. He was reader and interpreter in the Syriac language, and cured those possessed of evil spirits.” [ [http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/0708.htm Saints of July 8 ] ] Eusebius writes that Procopius was sent with his companions from Scythopolis to Caesarea Maritima, where he was decapitated.

Legends

Later legends make him a soldier saint, or an ascetic, or a Persian, or a prince of Alexandria. [ [http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/0708.htm Saints of July 8 ] ] One story has him slaying some 6,000 barbarian invaders simply by showing them the cross. One legend, similar to that told of Paul of Tarsus, makes him a persecutor of Christians named Neanias who was made duke of Alexandria by Diocletian. On the way from Antioch Neanias experienced a vision and declares himself to be a Christian. [ [http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/0708.htm Saints of July 8 ] ]

Veneration

In Western Europe, Procopius was first added into the calendar of saints by Bede, whose "Martyrology" lists the saint under July 8. The name and date passed into the "Roman Martyrology". [ [http://www.santiebeati.it/dettaglio/61400 San Procopio di Cesarea di Palestina ] ]

At Scytholopis, there was a chapel dedicated to him. At Caesarea Maritima, there was a church dedicated to him built in 484 under Emperor Zeno. His relics were translated to Antioch in the church of Saint Michael. There were four churches dedicated to him in Constantinople. [ [http://www.santiebeati.it/dettaglio/61400 San Procopio di Cesarea di Palestina ] ]

Notes

External links

* [http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=101966 Greatmartyr Procopius of Caesarea, in Palestine] Orthodox icon and synaxarion for July 8
* [http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/0708.htm Saints of July 8: Procopius of Scythopolis]
*it icon [http://www.santiebeati.it/dettaglio/61400 San Procopio di Cesarea di Palestina]


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