Saint Erasmus

detail from the painting 'The Martyrdom of Saint Erasmus', by Nicolas Poussin, 1628, oil on canvas, Musei Vaticani, VaticanAlso known as

  • Elmo
  • Eramo
  • Erarmo
  • Ermo
  • Herasmus
  • Rasimus
  • Rasmus
  • Telmo

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Bishop of Formiae, Campagna, Italy. He fled to Mount Lebanon in the persecutions of emperor Diocletian where he was fed by a raven so he could stay in hiding. Discovered by the authorities, he was imprisoned, but an angel rescued him. Recaptured, he was martyred. One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers. Namesake for the static electric discharge called Saint Elmo’s Fire.

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MLA Citation

  • “Saint Erasmus“. Saints.SQPN.com. 22 December 2014. Web. 27 December 2014. <>