Saint Janarius was a 4th century martyr from Benevento, Italy. He lived during the reign of Emperor Diocletian and his persecution. Christianity grew after the period after Diocletian’s reign. Diocletian wanted Janarius (sometimes also referred to as Genarro) killed, so his soldiers hunted for him, and after his capture decided to “throw him to the wolves.” Although they were carnivorous flesh-eating animals, the animals showed no interesting in eating Janarius and he survived. The soldiers then resorted to kill him in another way, and he died by beheading, since the animals refused to devour Janarius. After he died, Janarius’ blood was preserved and dried. Why this happened is anybodys’ guess. But his blood was kept and stored away. And then, curiously, on his Feast Day and also on the Saturday before the first Sunday in May, Saint Janarius’ blood liquefies! Janarius has been honored as the Patron Saint of Blood Banks and is invoked against blood diseases. Pray to Saint Janarius and ask for his intercession and help with the search in curing Multiple Myeloma and other blood diseases, including hemophilia. You may also ask him for some help when visiting a phlebotomist who is getting ready to draw your blood during your next medical checkups. Can’t hurt, might help! Wear or share Saint Janarius to help you remind others about the tremendous need for blood donations at your local blood banks.
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