38. St. Apollonia.
by James C. Christensen


When the heathen population of Alexandria rioted against the Christians in 249, Apollonia was beaten and her teeth extracted with tongs. Being threatened with fire, Apollonia “being kindled within by a greater fire of the Holy Spirit” walked into the fire of her own accord. She is the patron saint of dentists. (Note the necklace of teeth identifying Apollonia).

 

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