St. Titus & Some Stunning Sacred Art

Church of St. Titus in Heraklion, Crete

It's pretty hard to find a Catholic Church named after the New Testament Saint, Titus. I know there are at least three in Pennsylvania (Hmmm!). But I am not sure of any others  ... I don't think I've ever seen one myself.  Maybe it's because it's a little bit hard to get to know St. Titus. You have to pull out strands of verses here and there in the Bible (see below) and try to blend them together in order to get a still-sort-of-foggy picture of this saint.  Maybe it's this lack of a biblical sequential story about his contributions to Christianity that makes him less likely to have churches named after him.

There is, however, a very nice church in Crete (a Greek Island) named after Titus, and it sure looks pretty!  Also, this Orthodox Church received the skull of St. Titus from the Catholic Church in 1966 (it was brought over from Venice)! They keep it safe and sound in a beautiful reliquary.This St. Titus Church is on a street named, "25th of August Street,"which is on a square called "St. Titus Square." August 25 is the Orthodox feast day for St. Titus.

The Artwork of this church looks stunning!  It's hard to tell from the photo what all is depicted, however, I like to think that maybe it includes scenes from St. Titus's life, such as: how Titus went with St. Paul to the Council of Jerusalem, how Paul leaned on Titus for encouragement during times of anxiety and distress, how Titus had a joyful relationship with the Christians of Corinth, or how he was sent to Crete by Paul to fortify the Church there. 

For this reason I (Paul) left you (Titus) in Crete ...
~ Titus 1:5a


A 17-Second Tour of St. Titus
Orthodox Church in Heraklion, Crete. 


Some Saint Titus Sacred Art from Pennsylvania:


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A Biblical Novena to St. Titus
Day 1 ~ Galatians 2:1-3
Day 2 ~ Acts 15:1-2
Day 3 ~ 2 Corinthians 2:12-13
Day 4 ~ 2 Corinthians 7:5-7
Day 5 ~ 2 Corinthians 7:13-16
Day 6 ~ 2 Corinthians 8:3-6
Day 7 ~ 2 Corinthians 8:16-18,23-24
Day 8 ~ Titus 1:4-5
Day 9 ~ Titus 3:8,12-14