Christian mythology

A selection of Christian Martyrs, Hermits & Virgins

St. MAURICE

Christian Saint

Also known as Moritz

Token figure of the 'Happy Legion'

This was a legion of Christian soldiers from Thebes serving under the Romans in Gaul under Maximian. They refused to join in the Roman Gods for Victory sacrifices and were consequently decimated.

Decimation was a Roman specialty which involved killing every tenth man to make the rest see sense. And, if they still refused, every tenth man from those remaining. And so on, until they gave in.

But the legion of thousands stood fast until the last ten men — who went off in a job lot. The legion was obliterated. The Celtics in Gaul must have laughed their socks off (if they wore such things) to see such Roman folly.

Our Saint is for some strange reason the Patron of North Austria, where there is an abbey in his name with a tradition of an unbroken chant. Is it still going on? If so what do they chant — is it like an everlasting football cheer?

St. Maurice Facts and Figures

Name: Maurice
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Moritz

Gender: Male
Type: Saint
Birth and Death Dates: ???-226
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

Role: Unknown at present

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 89

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Article last updated on April 07, 2019 by the Godchecker data dwarves.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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