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Encyclopedia > Saint Alexander of Bergamo
Saint Alexander of Bergamo

Alexander of Bergamo, Bernardino Luini, ca. 1525.
Born
Died ~303 AD
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Eastern Orthodox Church
Major shrine Relics rest in chapel in ducal castle of Pescolanciano
Feast August 26 (RC), September 22 (O)
Attributes Depicted as a soldier; military standard bearing white lily
Patronage Bergamo; Capriate San Gervasio
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Saint Alexander of Bergamo (d. ~303?) is the patron saint of Bergamo. Alexander may simply have been a Roman soldier or resident of Bergamo who was tortured and killed for not renouncing his Christian faith.[1] Details of his life are uncertain, but subsequent Christian legends consider him a centurion of the Theban Legion commanded by Saint Maurice. He was a survivor of the decimation, that is, the killing of every tenth man. He escaped to Milan. Bernardino Luini (1482-1532) was an Italian painter. ... Events January 21 - The Swiss Anabaptist Movement was born when Conrad Grebel, Felix Manz, George Blaurock, and about a dozen others baptized each other in the home of Manzs mother on Neustadt-Gasse, Zürich, breaking a thousand-year tradition of church-state union. ... The Roman Catholic Church or Catholic Church (see terminology below) is the Christian Church in full communion with the Bishop of Rome, currently Pope Benedict XVI. It traces its origins to the original Christian community founded by Jesus Christ and led by the Twelve Apostles, in particular Saint Peter. ... The Eastern Orthodox Church is a Christian body that views itself: as the historical continuation of the original Christian community established by Jesus Christ and the Twelve Apostles. ... Eastern Orthodox shrine Buddhist shrine just outside Wat Phnom. ... Country Italy Region Molise Province Province of Isernia (IS) Mayor Elevation 800 m Area 34. ... The calendar of saints is a traditional Christian method of organising a liturgical year on the level of days by associating each day with one or more saints, and referring to the day as that saints day. ... August 26 is the 238th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (239th in leap years). ... September 22 is the 265th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (266th in leap years). ... Saint symbology was important to people who couldnt read because they can figure out what symbols mean. ... Saint Quentin is the patron saint of locksmiths and is also invoked against coughs and sneezes. ... Small street (via della Noca) leading to città alta. ... Capriate San Gervasio is a commune in the province of Bergamo, in Lombardy. ... Image File history File links Gloriole. ... Events Diocletian launched the last major persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire; Hierocles was said to have been the instigator of the fierce persecution of the Christians under February 24 - Galerius, Roman Emperor, publishes his edict that begins the persecution of Christians in his portion of the Empire. ... Saint Quentin is the patron saint of locksmiths and is also invoked against coughs and sneezes. ... Small street (via della Noca) leading to città alta. ... Motto: Senatus Populusque Romanus (SPQR) The Roman Empire at its greatest extent, c. ... Fourth-century inscription, representing Christ as the Good Shepherd. ... Centurion can mean: In the military: Centurion (Roman army), a professional officer of the Roman army who commanded a large amount of men. ... The Theban legion figures in hagiography as an entire Roman legion — of six thousand six hundred and sixty-six men — who had converted to Christianity and were martyred together, in 286 A.D., according to the hagiographies of Saint Maurice, the chief among the Legions saints. ... Saint-Maurice may refer to: Saint-Maurice, a former federal electoral district represented in the Canadian House of Commons, and located in the province of Quebec Saint-Maurice, VS (Roman Agaunum) is a commune and a district in the Valais, Switzerland. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Milan (Italian: ; Lombard: Milán (listen)) is one of the biggest cities in Italy, located in the plains of Lombardy. ...


At Milan, he was recognized and imprisoned, and it was demanded that he renounce his Christian faith. However, he was visited in jail by Saint Fidelis and Bishop Saint Maternus. Fidelis managed to organize Alexander's escape. Alexander fled to Como but was captured again. Maternus was the first Christian bishop of Cologne, Germany (in the 4th century) who comissioned a Roman temple where the Cologne Cathedral would later be built. ... Como (Comm in the local dialect of Lombard language) is a city in Lombardy, Italy, 45 km north of Milan. ...


Brought back to Milan, he was once more condemned to death by decapitation, but during the execution the executioner's arms went stiff. He was imprisoned again, but Alexander once again managed to escape, and ended up in Bergamo after passing through Fara Gera d'Adda and Capriate San Gervasio. At Bergamo, he was the guest of the lord Crotacius, who bid him to hide from his persecutors. However, Alexander decided to become a preacher instead and converted many natives of Bergamo, including Firmus and Rusticus, who were later martyred. Alexander was once again captured and was finally decapitated on August 26, 303, on the spot now occupied by the church of San Alessandro in Colonna. Salome and the Beheading of St. ... Fara Gera dAdda is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Bergamo in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 30 km northeast of Milan and about 20 km southwest of Bergamo. ... Capriate San Gervasio is a commune in the province of Bergamo, in Lombardy. ... August 26 is the 238th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (239th in leap years). ... Events Diocletian launched the last major persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire; Hierocles was said to have been the instigator of the fierce persecution of the Christians under February 24 - Galerius, Roman Emperor, publishes his edict that begins the persecution of Christians in his portion of the Empire. ...


Veneration

A church dedicated to him at Bergamo dates from the 4th century. As a means of recording the passage of time, the 4th century was that century which lasted from 301 to 400. ...


Notes

  1. ^ Sant' Alessandro di Bergamo

External links

  • Saints of August 26: Alexander of Bergamo
  • (Italian) Sant' Alessandro di Bergamo

 
 

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