Saint Cristanziano of Piceno

detail of a 17th century statue of Saint Cristanziano in the church of Saint Mark in Agnone, Italy, artist unknown; photographed on 13 May 2016 by VincetsHD; image swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Christian
  • Christian of Anzio



First person in the area of Ascoli Piceno, Italy to convert and be baptized by Saint Emidius who gave him the name Cristanziano. Emidius saw to Cristanziano’s education, and ordained him as a deacon; Cristanziano served as assistant to Saint Emidius until the bishop‘s martyrdom. Imprisoned, tortured and executed in the persecutions of Maxentius. Martyr.






  • keys to the city of Agnone; on old custom, no longer in use, had the mayor of the town present the symbolic keys to the city before the relics of Saint Cristanziano on the eve of his feast day, showing a request that the saint protect the town; on the feast day, the relics would be processed to the mayor‘s office and returned to the government, showing that the saint had accepted
  • silver cross (only on his feast day)
  • small reed crosses; these were blessed on his feast day and distributed to the faithful who then took them home and planted them in their fields as a way of asking for protection of their crops against destructive weather
Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Cristanziano of Piceno“. CatholicSaints.Info. 30 August 2021. Web. 27 October 2021. <>