He is not to be confused with St. Apollonius the Apologist.
A well-respected chap, he’s best known for his letter to Roman bigwig Marcus Aurelius expounding Christian Apologetics. (“Sorry — but I don’t agree with this Montanism doctrine. I’m sorry but I really don’t.”)
As luck would have it, a legion of Roman soldiers almost drowned in the desert after being targeted by a miraculous rainstorm. But Christian prayer saved them from this embarrassing fate and the entire legion turned Godwards.
This was obviously a home run for the Christians. So Marcus Aurelius held fire on his persecutions for a bit.
St. Apollinaris Facts and Figures
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Apollinaris Claudius, Apollinaris Of Hierapolis
Birth and Death Dates: ???-175
Celebration or Feast Day: January 8th
Role: Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 980
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Article last revised on April 07, 2019 by the Godchecker data dwarves.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders
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