Memorial of Saint Rock

16 August 2019. Memorial of Saint Rock (Roque), Healer

Rock was the son of the governor of Montpellier, France. At the age of twenty he went on a pilgrimage to Rome. When a plague broke out in Italy he took care of the infected and cured many. He himself caught the disease, but not wishing to be a burden to others, he went to the woods to die. There a dog brought him food and licked his sores. Later its owner found Rock and looked after him. He died around the year 1378. A model of those who carry out works of mercy, he is invoked in time of pestilence.

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