St. Titus & Church 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


  1. Along the top of the iconostasis will be the apostles, just over the royal doors will be the last supper. To the far left will saints important to the church, probably Titus is the 3rd from the left and the 4th from the left -left side of the royal doors-will be Mary the Theotokos.
    The right of the royal doors is Christ, John the Baptist and more saints important to the community. The royal doors open in to the altar area.
    The curtained doors on the right are where the altar servers enter. Most likely the patriarchs are the small icons on top. A bishop is on the left, he has the white stole with black crosses. And the icon on the right is the Nativity of Christ.
    The large icons up high are festal icons, the feasts of the holy year, starting from the left, the long one is the Entry of Christ into Jerusalem, in the corner is the the Last Supper. In front is the Crucifixion, I can't tell what the next one is. The rounded one is actually in the altar area and is Mary holding the child Jesus, can't see the nest one, the one on the right is the Resurrection, aka the Harrowing of Hell.

    But don't worry there are probably several icons of St Titus and his life's events there also. It is a beautiful church indeed.

  2. Thank you, LadyHawthorne! Have you been there?


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