Saint Babilas, Martyr (Third Century): The Iconography

St. Babilas is celebrated in Navarre, under the name San Babil, as the patron saint of those with rheumatism, arthritis, and degenerative osteoarthritis. In the 3rd century he 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.

Feast day: January 24

At left, "San Babil," 1687, in the Cathedral of St. Mary, Pamplona, Spain

St. John Chrysostom, Sermon on St. Babylas (cached)
Acta Sanctorum January vol. 2, 569-581.


Photographed on site by Richard Stracke