Saint Florian Charms are a favorite addition to charm bracelets
for the faithful. St. Florian, the Roman-era martyr, was killed
when he professed his faith in a time when the Roman emperors
were attempting to eradicate the Christians from the land. Rather
than being burned alive as was the custom, St. Florian declared
his intention to rise to heaven on the flames, and so his persecutors
flayed him, then tied a millstone around his neck and threwhim
into the river Enns, where he drowned.
While a commander in the Roman army, he was in charge of the
firefighting brigades, and he is closely associated with firefighters
to this day. He is credited with saving the entire town or Nurnberg,
Germany in the 8th century when someone invoked his protection.
Many St. Florian charms bear his resemblance, and often show him
holding a bucket of water, or pouring it on a flaming house.
Gold St. Florian charms are a favorite of both men and women,
as they go with anything. Many firefighters wear one on a chain
around their neck as additional protection for their dangerous
job. St. Florian is also the patron saint of Linz, Austria (where
his relics are kept) and Poland. People of Polish or Austrian
descent sometimes decide to have the inscription on their charms
in their original language.
Whether silver, gold, or some other medal, St. Florian charms
are always precious. When you buy one you invoke the assistance
of a powerful saint. When given as a gift, these charms are a
sought-after addition to any wardrobe because they assure the
recipient that you're sending up prayers for their safety and
well-being. A gift of a Saint Florian charm is one of the best
gifts you can select!
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