This Saint Roch (San Rocco) Plaque beautifully depicts in bronze the patron saint of dogs and plaque victims. This plaque is the ideal gift for dog owners, dog groomers, and dog enthusiasts. A wonderful gift for first communion, confirmation, birthday, and the feast day of Saint Roch (San Rocco) on August 16th (and on September 9th in Italy).
A Solid Bronze Plaque in Three Sizes
Available in three sizes – small (p210k), medium (p138m), and large (p169g), this solid bronze plaque is designed to hang easily on any wall at home or in the office. This plaque – wonderfully designed and forged by a master goldsmith in Germany – is a worthy and reverent depiction of the patron saint of plague victims. This plaque is now especially relevant in this age of the Covid-19 pandemic. This is indeed the perfect gift for that special “Rocco” or “Rock” in your life!
Saint Rochus (San Rocco) – Patron Saint of Plague Victims (and Dogs!)
Saint Rochus was born the only child of a wealthy French nobleman around the 14th century with a red birthmark in the shape of a cross on his chest. At age 20, after the deaths of his mother and father, Rochus renounced his nobility and gave his inheritance to the poor. He then went on a pilgrimage to Rome, caring for people who suffered from the plague and miraculously healing many by the sign of the cross. Rochus eventually contracted the disease, and not wanting to infect others he set off into the forest to die. While he lay dying, a hunting dog belonging to a count found him and began to care for him. The dog, who Rochus believed was a gift from God, would bring him bread every day and lick his wounds until he made a full recovery. The count, who later discovered what his dog was doing, befriended Rochus and let him keep the dog. Rochus, with his dog beside him, returned to France where a civil war was going on. Rochus was mistaken as a spy, and instead of revealing his family’s nobility he and his dog went to prison. The two spent five years in prison, where Rochus died, caring for other prisoners. After his death, people discovered who he was by the birthmark on his chest. Rochus was officially declared a Saint 100 years after his death. The dog with a loaf of bread in its mouth has become Saint Rochus’s emblem, appearing beside him in virtually every picture or statue of the saint.