Saint Placidus Rescued
While Saint Placidus was at the monastery, he fell into a lake and was drowning. Another monk, St. Maurus was ordered by St. Benedict to run across the water and save Saint Placidus. Maurus did as he was told and ran across the top of the water, pulling Saint Placidus to safety.
Feast of Saint Placidus
The feast of Saint Placidus is celebrated on October 5, along with St. Maurus who saved his life. He died during the sixth century but not much is known about the rest of his life.
Patron Saint Placidus
Saint Placidus is the patron saint of:
- Messina, along with Madonna of the Letter
- Castel di Lucio
- Poggio Imperial
Saint Placidus and Saint Placitus
Saint Placidus is often confused with Saint Placitus who was an early Christian martyr. Placitus was martyred along with thirty other saints under the rule of Diocletian. The feast of Saint Placitus is also celebrated on October 5 which is the reason for the mix up.
In 1969, this matter of Saint Placidus and St. Placitus was resolved in the Roman Calendar of Saints stating, “Saint Placidus, the disciple of Saint Benedict is now universally distinguished from Saint Placidus, the unknown martyr in Sicily.”