St. Florian REFUSED to do so and therefore was:
1) scourged with clubs and spikes . . . twice. 2) flayed alive. 3) Had a stone tied around his neck and dropped in the river
Little Known Facts/Legends of St. Florian:
He is the patron of firefighters because: FACT – He he was the leader of an elite Roman fire brigade. LEGEND – He prayed over a burning town and poured one bucket of water which extinguished the entire fire and saved the town.
His remains were: FACT – found by local Christians whom transported the remains to an Augustinian monastery near Lorch. LEGEND – A pious woman named Valeria found his body and had a vision in which St. Florian told her he wanted a proper burial. And therefore, she brought him to the Augustinian monastery near Lorch.
LEGEND: Saint Florian cheerfully accepted his beatings and even challenged those building the funeral pyre to build it higher and higher in order that his soul might ascend even faster to God.
Saint Florian is the patron of Austria and Poland because some of his relics were moved to those locations.
Saint Florian's feast day is May 4th.
He is usually presented either pouring the water over the fire,especially in St. Florian Medals, as a boy with a millstone around his neck, or as a man being beaten.
The Rarity of St. Florian
One cannot help that notice he accepted incredible suffering and torture for his faith.
He lived his faith despite the dangers and did so undetected by pagan authorities for quite some time which certainly saved countless Christian lives.
St. Florian had such a strong faith that he was able to smile in the face of death and unimaginable suffering.