Sardinia prepares for the feast of Sant’Efisio, one of the most iconic fest in Sardinian tradition. In addition to Sant’Efisio is the oldest and longest Italian religious procession, with about 65 km traveled on foot in 4 days from Cagliari to Pula.
The martyr was born in the middle of the III century in Jerusalem, from a pagan mother and a Christian father. Although educated by his mother to idolatry, Efisio shows himself impatient with doctrine. He enlists officer of the Roman army, perhaps invited by his mother and he is sent to Italy to fight the Christians. It is in fact for this reason that the statue of the saint portrays him in military clothes. During the journey to Italy he has a vision of a cross accompanied by thunder and lightning, falling in a state of daze hears the voice of Jesus telling him his future martyrdom for the Christian faith.
Once in Sardinia he spreads the Evangelic Message. Taken from the fervor of the faith he wrote a letter to the emperor to convince him to convert; But the Emperor choose to incarcerate him and he had to endure horrible pains. The wounds inflicted on the body of Sant’Efisio healed by angels; the news of this miraculous event spread throughout the city with the consequent conversion of other incredulous people. Diocletian, having learned of this and of other miracles, orders the condemnation in Nora village, and not to Cagliari for fear of insurrections in defense of the martyr. Before dying, the saint asks God to protect the Sardinian people from enemies and diseases, and it is for this reason that in the most tragic moments of Cagliari and Sardinian history, the people turned to him to intercede with God.
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