Saint Apollona was one of the martyrs who suffered the uprising against the Christians during the rule of the Roman Emperor Trajan Decius. According to the legend, one of her tortures included violent pulling out or shattering of all teeth. This became the reason, why Saint Apollonia became the patroness of dentists and those people who suffer tooth problems. She is very often depicted with thongs and a tooth in them.
Apollonia died in the fire, she accepted this kind of death on her will. Apollonia refused to renounce her faith, that is why she was threatened to be burned alive. She asked for a little freedom, that she spent for a quick prayer. After that she sprang into the fire and was burned to death.
The relics of St. Apollonia were preserved in the former church of St. Apollonia in Rome. Now relics peaces are kept in churches and basilicas in Italy, Belgium and France.Remind me with Google Calendar
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