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st.Pharailidis-Patron saint of Ghent and miracleworker

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Feast Day : January 4

 

 

Patronage: Ghent, Belgium; sick children

 

 

Also known as: Vareide, Varelde, Verrle and Verylde

 

 

Pharailidis was a Belgian laywoman. She took a secret vow of chastity, but was forced to marry against her will. She refused to consummate the marriage, and was abused by her husband. She made nightly visits to church. According to lore, Pharailidis created a fountain of fresh springwater in the vicinity of Bruay, near Valenciennes, by striking her staff against the ground. She wished to quench the thirst of harvesters who were working for her. The fountain was said to have healing properties, especially for children’s disorders.

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