Theophilus was a successful, popular, and witty lawyer in the Court of Caesarea. When the young virgin Dorothea was brought into court, she bravely confessed her guilt and eagerly accepted her death sentence, exclaiming that she'd be joining her divine bridegroom that very day in paradise. Theophilus asked her to send him some fresh fruit and flowers from paradise, and she readily promised to do so. Then the guards marched her out of court and toward the chopping block.
|Amand chases the serpent away.|
The other lawyers tried to cajole Theophilus out of his sudden conversion to Christianity. He pointed out that there was no place to get such fruit in February. They pointed out that the origin of the produce did not mattered; what was important was not losing one's head (literally) in such a moment. Theophilus disagreed and before long, there was nothing to do except march him out to the chopping block as well.
|Amand tames the serpent|
He can chalk up a couple of miracles to his credit. One time, a little weather-working calmed the sea at a perilous moment. Another time, a quick sign of the Cross put a dragon (serpent) back in its place. Handy fella, this Amandus.
For reasons we might only speculate about, he has been designated as the patron of brewers, vintners, innkeepers, and bartenders. Wikipedia adds that hops-growers should also be included, which is only fair. The Feast of Saint Arnulf of Metz might be the big beer festival, but July's a long way off, so it's a good thing that Amand's feast comes along now.