Lent 2012 – St Apollonia patron saint of teeth

Rogier van der Weyden 1400 – 1464 St Margaret and St Apollonia (the pincers identify St Apollonia)

Today having had a tooth extracted and not in a little pain I looked up the patron saint of teeth. It is St Apollonia who had her teeth pulled viciously and also broken during a persecution.

Teeth are strange. So essential to that most essential of things: food; and yet they are source of much discomfort and anxiety.

Link to Wikipedia’s page on St Apollonia


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