Saturday, September 22, 2007
Today is the Feast of St. Maurice, the patron of soldiers and swordsmiths. Legend has it that he was a member of the Theban Legion sent to the Rhine Danube frontier to suppress a revolt by the Bagandae in Gaul. After their victory, they were ordered to sacrifice to the gods in thanksgiving, an order they could not obey. The legion was decimated. After the third decimation, they were killed in their entirety. He is usually depicted in armor and sometimes as a black. Read about him in the Catholic Encyclopedia.