Feast day: August 8th
When did St. Cyriacus the Martyr live: in the third century
Biography of St. Cyriacus:
Cyriacus was born in a family of the Roman patrician nobility. He was converted as an adult and gave away his wealth to the poor. As a deacon, he ministered to the workers who built the baths of Diocletian, who where mostly Christian slaves. According to the legend, he exorcised devils from Diocletian's daughter and converted the Emperor's family. Cyriacus was tortured and murdered during the persecutions of Maximian and belongs to the Fourteen Holy Helpers.
Patronage: St. Cyriacus is patron saint of the eyes, of the town Altidona in Italy, against diabolical possession, eye diseases and temptations.
Statues and wooden sculptures representing St. Cyriacus - portrayal, imagery and emblem: St. Cyriacus is shown as a martyr with martyr's lilies, book and devil on a chain.