Patron Saint Against Oversleeping
was a Sicilian who was converted from paganism to Christianity by his
tutor and his nurse at the age of 12. Because of Saint Vitus'
conversion, Saint Vitus' father had the three arrested and whipped at the
Angels freed them from prison, and they
fled to Rome where Saint Vitus
exorcised the devil from the emperor's son. Because Saint Vitus
refused to give thanks to the pagan gods for the devil's departure, Saint
Vitus was tortured and condemned to death and thrown to the lions.
The lions refused to touch Saint Vitus, so Saint Vitus and a rooster
(part of the pagan ritual), were thrown into boiling oil. Because of
the rooster's early morning crowing, Saint Vitus became known as the
Patron Saint Against Oversleeping.
feast day is June 15.
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