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Meet St Pancras

Thursday, 13 October 2011


St Pancras was beheaded in 304 during Diocletian’s persecution when he was only 14 years old. His skeleton was clothed in armour in 1777. He now resides at the Church of St Nikolaus in Wil, Switzerland.

6 comments on “Meet St Pancras

  1. Thursday 11th February 2016 at 9:41 am

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  2. Friday 14th October 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Ah, flesh becomes him. Thank you for this pre-martyrdom version, Richard.Touchingly young.

  3. Richard Rawlinson

    Friday 14th October 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Hi Charles, liking your skeleton blogs! St Pancras tends to be depicted with his flesh on in order not to frighten the kiddies! Scroll down for alternative images of the lad.

  4. Thursday 13th October 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Well, thank you for that, Richard. What an extraordinary legacy — and to lend your name centuries later to a railway station.

    Two-schools-of-thought stuff for sure, him and his like as presently presented.

  5. Thursday 13th October 2011 at 9:21 pm

    I find these images to be awesomely powerful.

  6. Richard Rawlinson

    Thursday 13th October 2011 at 8:11 pm

    The saint’s day of St Pancras, the 14-year-old patron saint of children, is 12 May. A partnership between St Pancras International station and the nearby Great Ormand Street Hospital continues to raise hundred of thousands of pounds for the care of sick and dying children. Great to see this 4th century martyr for his faith has a positive legacy even today!

  7. Thursday 13th October 2011 at 5:26 pm

    I’m all for memento mori, Charles, but by God, that is a truly tasteless and gaudily unpleasant object to behold! I shan’t be able to walk through the portals of the well-known railway station with quite the same aplomb ever again.

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