Book of Saints – Erasmus – 2 June

detail from the painting 'The Martyrdom of Saint Erasmus', by Nicolas Poussin, 1628, oil on canvas, Musei Vaticani, VaticanArticle

(Elmo) (Saint) Bishop, Martyr (June 2) (4th century) A Bishop of some town in Syria who, after resigning his See and living seven years as a solitary, came to Antioch during the persecution under Diocletian. Put to the torture and remanded to his prison, he, like Saint Peter, was miraculously freed by an Angel. Later, in Illyricum under Maximian, the same experiences befell him. He died peacefully at Formiae near Gseta (to which latter town his relics were translated A.D. 842). He was the object of great and widespread popular devotion throughout the Middle Ages, and is still yearly commemorated in the Liturgy.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Erasmus”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 24 May 2016. Web. 18 January 2019. <>