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Antipas of Pergamum
Antipas being roasted alive in a copper steer
Martyr and Bishop
Born unknown
Died ca. 92, Pergamon, Asia Minor
Feast 11 April[1]
Patronage against toothache[2]

Saint Antipas is referred to in the Book of Revelation (Revelation 2:13) as the "faithful martyr" of Pergamon. According to Christian tradition, John the Apostle ordained Antipas as bishop of the Pergamon during the reign of the Roman emperor Domitian. The traditional account goes on to say Antipas was martyred in ca. 92 AD by burning in a brazen bull-shaped altar used for casting out demons worshiped by the local population.

There is a tradition of oil ("manna of the saints") being secreted from the relics of Saint Antipas.[3] On the calendars of Eastern Christianity, the feast day of Antipas is April 11.

Some Christians pray to this saint for ailments of the teeth.

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References

  1. ^ "St Antipas of Pergamon". http://home.iprimus.com.au/xenos/antipas.html. Retrieved 2007-12-21.  
  2. ^ James, M. R. (1898). "Antipas". in James Hastings. A Dictionary of the Bible. I. pp. page 107. http://www.ccel.org/ccel/hastings/dictv1/Page_107.html. "According to one form of his Acts (quoted by the Bollandists from a Synoxarion), he prayed that those suffering from toothache might be relieved at his tomb.".  
  3. ^ From "Oil of Saints" in Catholic Encyclopedia: "Following is a list of other saints from whose relics or sepulchres oil is said to have flowed at certain times: 1) St. Antipas, Bishop of Pergamum, martyred under Emperor Domitian ("Acta SS.," April, II, 4)." Retrieved January 18, 2007.

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