Feastday St. Eligius: December the 1st
When did St. Eligius live: around 588 - 660
Biography of St. Eligius:
Probably the first activity of St. Eligius, born around 588 a.D. at Chaptelat in France of Roman parents, was that of blacksmith. However, shortly after that he worked as a goldsmith. Unusual manual talents were recognized in him and he was very esteemed for his ability. According to the legend, king Clotaire II commissioned him to build a throne of gold. St. Eligius didn't waste the material and so he was able to adorn two thrones with the gold he got from the king. Clotaire took him into his household, but after the death of the bishop Acarius, Eligius decided to become priest. In 641 a.D. he was nominated bishop of Noyon and so he undertook the conversion of the local. He died the first of December 660.
Statues and sculptures of St. Eligius - portrayal, imagery and emblem: The sculpture represents St. Eligius dressed as a bishop with an instrument of the smith and a crosier in his hands.
Patronage St. Eligius: Patron of goldsmiths, of blacksmiths and all workers in metal