Orthodox Remembrance Day: 14 May, 19 December

Catholic Remembrance Day: 14 May

Name means: the benefactor (Latin)

Martyr, Ice Saint (Boniface is one of the three Ice Saints)


* in Rome

around 306 in Tarsus in Cilicia in today’s Turkey

Antike original russische Ikone aus dem 19. Jahrhundert.


The legendary young Boniface of Tarsus was not a Christian. He lived in sin with the rich Roman Woman Aglae, who eventually commissioned him to find the relics of Christian martyrs in Tarsus and bring them back to Rome. When he witnessed the torture and killings in Tarsus in the persecution of Christians under Emperor Galerius, he was baptized and professed Christianity, whereupon he himself had to die by boiling bad luck.


His companions brought Boniface’s bones to Rome, where they were buried on via Latina and later transferred to the church of Santi Bonifacio e Alessio, dedicated to him and Alexius of Edessa.


The legendary Tale of Suffering, a novel-like edification narrative, was revised by Simeon Metaphrastes. However, the place and time of martyrdom were only added in the Latin translation.


Joachim Schäfer: Article Bonifatius von Tarsus, from the Ecumenical Dictionary of Saints:

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