By Christina Hermoso
Roman Catholics observe today, October 9, the Feast of San Dionisio (Saint Denis), the first bishop of Paris, France and a martyr of the Christian faith.
Special masses, novenas, and processions will be held at the San Dionisio Parish, popularly known as the Tata Dune Chapel, in San Dionisio, Paranaque City, where the headless image of the Italian saint serves as an attraction to both pilgrims and tourists. The annual staging of the Moro-Moro or “komedya” in his honor will also be held.
Commemorative rites and festivities will also be held in San Dionisio, Iloilo City in honor of its patron saint.
Considered as the patron of Paris, France, San Dionisio was one of the 14 Holy Helpers, a group of saints invoked together to intercede against various diseases. He was martyred and beheaded around the year 275 for his refusal to renounce his faith and for his many conversions. His burial site, the Abbey of St. Denis, has become the burial place for the kings of France.
The feast of San Dionisio was added to the Roman calendar in 1568 by Pope Pius V.