Florus and Laurus

Orthodox/Catholic Remembrance Day: 18 August

Name means: the flowering (Latin)


Patron: the sculptor and the cattle


* in Constantinople, today Ístanbul in Turkey

in the 2nd century in Illyricum, today Bosnia

Antike original russische Ikone aus dem 19. Jahrhundert.


According to legend, the twin brothers learned the art of stonemasonry from two Christians named Maximus and Proculus. From Likaion, the prefect of the province of Illyria, they were commissioned to build a pagan temple. The brothers distributed their wages to the poor. When the son of a pagan priest named Mamertin was injured by a splinter of stone, Florus and Laurus healed the boy after converting him to Christianity, whereupon Mamertin also converted to Christianity. After the temple was completed, Florus and Laurus summoned numerous Christians from the surrounding area to smash the pagan statues in the temple, erect a cross, and spend the night in prayer. As a result, the prefect had 300 Christians, including Mamertin and his son, burned. Florus and Laurus, on the other hand, were thrown into a cistern, which was then covered with earth.


According to legend, the relics of the twins were considered incorruptible. On the day of her death, severe horse sickness ended, so Florus and Laurus were associated with horses. 


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