Saint Julian the Hospitaller
- Also known as
- Julian the Poor
- 12 February
- Noble layman; friend and counselor to the king, he was married to a wealthy widow.
A stag he was hunting predicted he would kill his own parents.
Julian moved far away to avoid his parents, but they found him, and came to make a surprise visit.
His wife gave them her and Julian's bed; Julian killed them, thinking they were his wife and another man.
As penance, he and his wife travelled to Rome as pilgrims seeking absolution.
On his way home, to continue his penance, he built a hospice beside a river, cared for the poor and sick, and rowed travellers across the river for free.
Once, after having helped many, many travellers, Julian gave his own bed to a pilgrim leper who had nearly frozen to death.
When they had him safely settled, the man suddenly revealed himself to be an angel.
The visitor announced that Christ had accepted Julian's penance; the angel then disappeared.
Immensely popular in times past; scholars today think the story is likely to be pious fiction, mistaken for history.
San Giljan, Malta
to obtain lodging while travelling
carrying a leper through a river
holding an oar
man listening to a talking stag
with Jesus and Saint Martha as patrons of travellers
young hunter with a stag
young man killing his parents in bed
young man wearing a fur-lined cloak, sword, and gloves
young, well-dressed man holding a hawk on his finger
- Additional Information
Book of Saints, by the Monks of Ramsgate
For All The Saints
Life of Saint Julian the Hospitaller, translated by Tony Devaney Morinelli
Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Saints, by Matthew Bunson, Margaret Bunson, and Stephen Bunson
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