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St. Quiriacus and Julitta

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Feastday: June 16
Patron: Prayed to for family happiness, and the restoring to health of sick children.
Death: 304

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Martyrs of Tarsus. Quiricus was the three year old son of Julitta, a noble widow of that city. Arrested for being a Christian, Julitta enraged the Roman magistrate by scratching his face. Her punishment before execution was to watch while Quiricus was beaten to death. Scholars consider this story to be possibly fictitious. Julitta may be based on a Cornish saint named Juliot. Quiricus is called Cyr in France.

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