Feast-day: July 27
When did St. Pantaleon live: in the second half of the third century
Biography of St. Pantaleon:
Pantaleon was the son of a rich pagan who became a very famous doctor and converted many, including his father, to Christianity. Due to his healing skills, even the Emperor himself wanted him to be his doctor. This period was not a good experience for Pantaleon because the pagan court caused him to completely give up his faith. A very important priest, Hermolaos, converted him back to Christianity. From that day on, Pantaleon was ready to die for his faith. In fact, as the Emperor Diocletian began the persecution of Christians, Pantaleon did never deny his faith and died as a martyr.
Patronage: St. Pantaleon is patron saint of physicians, midwives, livestock. He is invoked against headaches, consumption, locusts, witchcraft, accidents and loneliness and as a helper for crying children
Statues and wooden sculptures representing St. Pantaleon - portrayal, imagery and emblem: St. Pantaleon is shown with his hands behind his head which is struck by an arrow.