St. Giles

Saint_Giles_closeupSt. Giles, an Athenian, lived probably in the second half of the Seventh Century, and founded a celebrated monastery in the diocese of Nimes. St. Urban made his feast common to the Universal Church. His feast was kept at Rome with great solemnity with fireworks, music, races through the streets, etc. He is invoked for the cure of epilepsy and other diseases. The abbey erected in his honor was a magnificent structure and center of pilgrimages during the middle ages.