The origin of the feast of San Faustino, the protector of singles

Here is the true story of the life of San Faustino, the protector of singles, who has always been the patron of the city of Brescia

On February 15, the day after Valentine's Day, it is, for a fair level playing field, the party dedicated to singles. it is the day of San Faustino, the saint of those who, by fate or by choice, do not have a partner or have not yet found a soul mate. Let's see the origins of this party. The name Faustino has origins in the Latin language and has the meaning of propitious, in this case which wishes dating for singles.

The life of San Faustino is linked to that of his brother, San Giovita. The legend tells the two saints, patrons of Brescia from 1438, belonged to a pagan noble family of the city and soon became knights. But they were very attracted to Christianity, and, after several talks with Saint Apollonius bishop, they were baptized and, after they dedicated themselves to evangelization in the Brescia area, they were named Giovita deacon and Faustino presbyter.

Thanks to their great persuasiveness and to the success of the preaching, the majority of Brescia, in the context of the persecution imposed by the emperor Trajan, pressured the governor to eliminate them, with the excuse of maintaining public order. But Trajan's early death changed. The governor, then, taking advantage of a visit to Milan by Emperor Hadrian, denounced the preachers and was authorized to persecute them. By threatening them with beheading, he forced them to renounce, but the young men did not and were imprisoned.

From that moment on, the life of San Faustino and San Giovita was a succession of events. Hadrian asked, in exchange for their freedom, for a sacrifice to the sun god, but they refused and moreover seriously damaged the statue. So they were sent to the ferocious wild beasts, who miraculously tamed and spared them. Faustino seized the opportunity and invited those present to convert to the Christian religion: among these there was also Afra, wife of the governor, who became a martyr and then a saint.

When Calocero, head of the praetorian court, was also converted, the emperor ordered that the young men be skinned alive and burned: in this case too they were saved because the flames did not even touch them. Then they were tortured and abandoned in a boat in the middle of the sea in the port of Naples: but they were soon saved by the angels. Once again taken and brought to Brescia, they were finally beheaded on 15 February and their relics are still preserved in a basilica dedicated to the two martyred saints.

Based on a medieval tradition, San Faustino brought the girls together with young people who could be future husbands, even in contrast with those who did not want to get married.
The feast of San Faustino is therefore a hope that all singles in the world will meet their soul mate.

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