Wednesday, May 11, 2011

San Serapio

San Serapio -  Francisco de Zurbarán

St. Serapion of Algiers. Born Irish, fought for Richard the Lion-Hearted,  later for the Duke of Austria, Leopold VI the Glorious, then he enlisted in his squadron to go to Spain to help Alfonso VIII fight Moslems. Once in Spain, he decided to stay in the service of the king of Castile. He met Peter Nolasco and his Mercedarians brothers. In 1222, he became a Mercedarion. He was martyred after offering himself as a hostage in place of a Christian captive. His feast day is November 14, so he'll be back again in five months. San Serapio ruega por nosotros.

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