Book of Saints – Phocas – 5 March

detail of a German Saint Phocas the Gardener holy card, date and artist unknownArticle

(Saint) Martyr (March 5) (Date unknown) A Syrian Saint of one of the early centuries. His little story is interesting. He had given shelter for the night to certain strangers who did not know where to look for a bed. They, in the course of conversation, informed him that their errand was to seek out and arrest a certain Phocas, who had been denounced as a Christian. Thereupon Phocas told them that he himself was that very man, and gladly went with them to his trial and death. There was a great devotion in the East to this holy Martyr, and he was in particular invoked by such as had been stung by venomous snakes.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Phocas”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 May 2017. Web. 23 April 2019. <>