Saint Elian of Emesa

detail of an image of the martyrdom of Saint Elian; from the Menologion of Basil II, 11th century, artist unknown; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Elian of Homs
  • Ellien…
  • Julian…



The son of a senior officer in the imperial Roman army, Elian trained as a physician. He was a convert to Christianity, baptized by Saint Silvanus of Emesa. He developed a reputation of healing by prayer as much as by medicine, and treated the poor sick for free. Caught ministering to Christians awaiting execution, Elian was ordered to renounce the faith; he refused. To change his mind, Elian was imprisoned and tortured for several months; when he still refused, he was executed by his father. Martyr.


  • Emesa, Phoenicia (modern Homs, Syria)



MLA Citation

  • “Saint Elian of Emesa“. CatholicSaints.Info. 6 February 2020. Web. 14 June 2021. <>