Book of Saints – Apollinaris – 23 July


APOLLINARIS (Saint) Bishop Martyr (July 23) (1st century) Said to have come from Antioch with Saint Peter, and to have been appointed by him as the first Bishop of Ravenna. His life was one of continuous suffering at the hands of persecutors, but it was preserved through a whole series of savage and deadly torture. He was thrice banished from Ravenna, and during his exile preached the Gospel in Asia Minor, on the banks of the Danube, and in Thrace on the south side of the same river. He died from the effects of torture and fatigue in the reign of Vespasian (A.D. 79). Saint Peter Damian says that Apollinaris sacrificed himself as a living victim for the true Faith by the continual martyrdom which he endured for the space of twenty-nine consecutive years. He was buried at Classe, near Ravenna.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Apollinaris”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 July 2012. Web. 16 January 2019. <>