Saint Lazarus of Milan

detail of a statue of Saint Lazarus of Milan; 1728, artist unknown; Piazza Vetra, Milan, Italy; photographed on 11 July 2007 by Lorenzo Fratti; swiped from Wikimedia Commons; click for source imageAlso known as

  • Lazzaro



Archbishop of Milan, Italy c.439, a time when invading Ostrogoths controlled the area. May have developed and certainly popularized the Rogationtide litanies; originally devised to ask for protection from the Ostrogoths, over time the devotion spread throughout Europe. His February feast day is due to the Milanese custom of not celebrating saint days during Lent.



Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Lazarus of Milan“. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 February 2010. Web. 2 December 2015. <>