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Saint Felix

Priest and Martyr. 

Felix was a priest of Nola who (according to the account written by Saint Paulinus of Nola some hundred years after the death of Felix) suffered much persecution on account of his fiery zeal against idolatry, and was cast into prison. Whence, it was believed, an Angel delivered him by night, and bade him go to Maximian, Bishop of Nola. This man, enfeebled by old age, had at length despaired of power to withstand the torments of the persecutors, and had hidden himself in a wood. Thither came Felix, and found the holy bishop lying half-dead upon the ground, whom he succoured and carried upon his shoulders to safety. On another occasion, Felix again become an object of pursuit, from which he hid himself in a narrow place between two walls. Hardly had he entered, when some spiders wove their webs across the entrance, on which the enemy looked, and concluded that no man had entered, and passed by. After the Lord had given peace to the Church, holy Felix returned to Nola, where he turned many to Christ. He steadily refused to accept the bishoprick, and fell asleep in the Lord, and was buried at Nola, about the year 260.


GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God: that, by the example of thy Saints, we may so learn to amend our lives; that as we outwardly observe their festivals, so we may likewise imitate their holiness. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth ever one God, world without end. Amen.

The Anglican Breviary, Frank Gavin Liturgical Foundation, Inc., New York, 1955, pages 1064-1065

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