Saint Babilas: The Iconography

In Antioch St. Babilas, Bishop. During the persecution of Decius he continued to glorify God even after many tortures. At the end of his glorious life he was fettered in chains of iron and buried in them. Three youngsters whom he had instructed in the faith of Christ are also reported to have suffered with him: Urban, Pridilian, and Epolonius. – Roman Martyrology for January 24

In the third century St. Babilas was a bishop of Antioch, where he was martyred along with three Christian youths whom he had educated in the faith – Urban, Prilidian, and Apolonius.

Prepared in 2014 by Richard Stracke, Emeritus Professor of English, Augusta University, revised 2015-08-24.

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1687 Statue of St. Babilas in the Cathedral of St. Mary, Pamplona, Spain

DATES

  • Feast day: January 24

NAMES

  • Sometimes spelled Babylas
  • In Navarre the saint is celebrated under the name San Babil.

HAGIOGRAPHY

Photograph taken at the Pamplona Cathedral by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.