St. Apollonia, who died in the year 249, was martyred for not renouncing her faith during the reign of Emperor Philip. The account of the life of St. Apollonia was written by St. Dionysius to Fabian, Bishop of Antioch. Apollonia had all her teeth knocked out after being hit in the face by a Christian persecutor under the reign of Emperor Philip. For this reason, she is popularly regarded as the patroness of dentistry and those suffering from toothache or other dental problems. After she was threatened with fire unless she renounced her faith, Apollonia jumped into the flames voluntarily. She is considered the patron of dental diseases and is often invoked by those with toothaches. Ancient art depicts her with a golden tooth at the end of her necklace. Also in art, she is seen with pincers holding a tooth.
PRAYER FOR TOOTHACHE TO ST. APOLLONIA
O Glorious Apollonia, patron saint of
dentistry and refuge to all those suffering
from diseases of the teeth, I consecrate
myself to thee, beseeching thee to number
me among thy clients.
Assist me by your intercession
with God in my daily work and intercede
with Him to obtain for me a happy death.
Pray that my heart like thine may be
inflamed with the love of Jesus and Mary,
through Christ our Lord. Amen
O My God, bring me safe through temptation
and strengthen me as thou didst our own
patron Apollonia, through Christ our Lord.
PRAYER IN HONOUR OF ST APOLLONIA
and ever-living God,
You chose the weak
in this world
to confound the powerful.
When we celebrate
the memory of Saint Apollonia,
may we, like her,
in our faith.