Patron Saint of Dentistry
St. Apollonia of Alexandria was a virgin martyr and daughter of a wealthy Roman magistrate in 249 AD. She converted to Christianity and was baptized. She preached the word of Christ and converted many. When she was confronted by an angry pagan mob, she refused to denounce her religion. The mob broke her jaw and smashed her teeth out with rocks. She was then threatened with being burned alive. She refused again to denounce her faith and leapt into the fire. She gave her soul to God and became a martyr. Throughout early history many with toothaches prayed to St. Apollonia for relief. Just a little dental history to brighten your day.
Feast Day: February 9