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St. Julian

Unusual amongst saints, as being a noble layman. He was even a counselor to the King, and married to a rich widow. The story goes, that while he was out hunting, a stag predicted he would kill his own parents - so he moved away. But they found him, and decided to make a surprise visit. His wife, gave them her and Julian's bed; Julian killed them, thinking they were his wife and another man. As a penance, he traveled to Rome with his wife to seek absolution. On his way home, to continue his penance, he built a hospice beside a river, cared for the sick and rowed travelers across the river free of charge. One of his visitors revealed himself as an angel, and announced that Christ had accepted Julian's penance - the angel then disappeared. He's now the patron saint of hoteliers, innkeepers as well as childless people, ferrymen, wandering musicians and murderers! Feast day 12th February.

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