Tuesday, 1 September 2015

1st September - Giles of Provence

St Giles and the Hind, National Gallery

Giles (650-710), was a Greek hermit from Athens. He founded an abbey in Arles under Benedictine Rule which became a place of pilgrimage and a stop-off on the Pilgrim Way of St James on the journey to Santiago de Compostela. He is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, 14th century group whose intercession is believed to be particularly effective, especially against various diseases. 

In his early life he lived deep in the forests, his sole companion being a deer who sustained him on her milk.The king's hunters, chasing the deer, shot an arrow at the deer but wounded Giles, who later became known as patron of cripples.