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Icons of St. Victor, martyr of Milan


Icon of St. Victor Maurus, Martyr of Milan (+ ca. 303)

Feast: May 8

Born into a Christian family in the 3rd century after Christ, St. Victor Maurus was a soldier in the Roman praetorian guard. He was born in Mauretania (western Africa) and the descriptor "Maurus" indicates this origin, or that he had dark skin. Filled with divine zeal, St. Victor destroyed some altars to pagan demonic deities, after which he was arrested. Having endured tortures for the name of Christ, St. Victor finished the contest of martyrdom around the year 303 and is venerated on May 8. St. Gregory of Tours records that miracles occurred above his grave; a church was built above the site thereof. St. Ambrose of Milan greatly encouraged devotion to the martyr, and in Milan itself and the surrounding area, many churches were dedicated to him. Holy Martyr Victor, pray to God for us!

To read the whole Passion of St. Victor, click here

Top Icon is of unknown provenance, thought to be from an Italian atelier.

Next Icon: of unknown provenance, also from an Italian atelier.

Next Icon: a 4th-century mosaic from the chapel of St. Victor "in Golden Heaven," in the city of Milan.


A note on the icon graphics we host on this site, including the above icon: 
St. John Cassian Press does not "carry," i.e., reproduce, sell, or stock these icons. Those who wish to acquire icons should contact the icon's producer / distributor, if shown; otherwise, an icon maker or distributor should be contacted (a cursory list appears on the main Icons page). 

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Last update: 07/20/2007