New Catholic Dictionary – Saints Gervasius and Protasius

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Gervais; date unknown, artist unknown; church of Saint-Gervais and Saint-Protais du Montet, Le Montet, France; photographed on 24 July 2010 by Otourly; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

Martyrs, died Milan, Italy, c.165. They were the sons of Saint Vitalis and Saint Valeria. The Roman general, Astasius, came to Milan, and ordered the death of all Christians. Gervasius was beaten with leaden whips and Protasius was beheaded. Saint Ambrose, guided by a dream, discovered their burial place and transferred their remains to the basilica, which he built at Milan in 386. Patrons of the city of Milan and of hay-makers; invoked for discovery of thieves. Emblems: scourge, club, sword. Feast, Roman Calendar, 19 June.

MLA Citation

  • “Saints Gervasius and Protasius”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 August 2017. Web. 16 May 2021. <>