Julian the Hospitaller is a Roman Catholic saint, and the patron of the cities of Ghent and Macerata.
Julian came from a wealthy, noble family in the early 4th century and is a popular saint in Western Europe.
According to a legend, while Julian was a baby, he was cursed to one-day kill his own parents. His father wanted him killed, but his mother kept him alive. When he was old enough to learn of the curse, he left his family to preserve their safety.
While he was hunting, his mother and father made an unexpected visit to his castle. His wife gave them one of the best rooms. He received a vision from the devil that his wife was in his bed with another man, and he returned home to kill whoever was in his bed. When Julian returned from his hunt and saw the two figures in bed, he assumed it was his wife with a lover. In a jealous rage, Julian killed his mother and father.
He was so horrified upon learning the truth that he swore to devote the remainder of his life to good works. He and his wife then undertook a pilgrimage to a distant country where he established a hospital.
The hospital was near a river that was frequently crossed by people prompted to travel by the Holy Crusades. People frequently drowned crossing this river, so Julian took responsibility of ferrying travellers across and tending to the sick.
One night, the devil vandalized his house, and blaming it on those he helped, Julian said that he would never house anyone else ever again. God showed up at his door, asking for help, and he denied Him. After recognizing him, he retracted his statement and decided to help all those who needed it once again.
One night, thieves came into their hospital and killed Julian and his wife in the same way Julian had killed his mother and father.
St. Julian is considered the patron of ferrymen, innkeepers and circus performers.
Other Saints of the Day
1. Saint Aquilinus
2. Saint Blath
3. Saint Caesarius
4. Saint Dallan
5. Saint Voloc