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Cyriacus

Cyriacus (+309), later canonized, is a martyr of the Catholic and Orthodox Churches. He was a deacon and also worked as a doctor (exorcist). More precise details about his life are not or only legendarily available. It is said that he cured the daughter of the Roman Emperor Diocletian (245-316) of an obsession. During the persecution of Christians by the next emperor Maxentius (278-312) Cyriacus was then captured with his companions and died a martyr's death. First they were doused with boiling oil and then beheaded. His bones were transferred from Rome to the collegiate church of St. Cyriacus in Neuhausen near Worms (Rhineland-Palatinate) in 847 and later distributed as relics in various churches. St. Cyriacus is said to protect above all from frost and bad weather, so he very soon became a patron saint of winegrowers and was very common in many wine-growing regions, especially in the Palatinate. Even today, in a chapel near Lindenberg, where he is said to have lived as a hermit, the first grapes are offered to him on Sunday next August 8th during the Cyriacus pilgrimage

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