Saint for the Day - June 18 - Sts. Marcus &
Marcus and Marcellianus
were twin brothers of an illustrious family in Rome,
who had been converted to the Faith in their youth
and were honorably married. Diocletian ascending the
imperial throne in 284, the heathens raised
persecutions. These martyrs were thrown into prison,
and condemned to be beheaded. Their friends obtained
a respite of the execution for thirty days, that
they might prevail on them to worship the false
gods, Tranquillinus and Martia, their afflicted
heathen parents, in company with their sonsí own
wives and their little babes, endeavored to move
them by the most tender entreaties and tears.
St. Sebastian, an officer of the emperor's
household, coming to Rome soon after their
commitment, daily visited and encouraged them. The
issue of the conferences was the happy conversion of
the father, mother, and wives, also of Nicostratus,
the public register, and soon after of Chromatius,
the judge, who set the Saints at liberty, and,
abdicating the magistracy, retired into the country.
Marcus and Marcellianus were hid by a Catholic
officer of the household in his apartments in the
palace; but they were betrayed by an apostate, and
retaken. Fabian, who had succeeded Chromatius,
condemned them to be bound to two pillars, with
their feet nailed to the same. In this posture they
remained a day and a night, and on the following day
were stabbed with lances.
Saint for the Day - Sts. Marcus & Marcellianus
Read about the Saint for today - June 18 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
We know not what we are till we
have been tried. It costs
nothing to say we love God above
all things, and to show the
courage of martyrs at a distance
from the danger; but that love
is sincere which has stood the
proof. "Persecution shows who is
a hireling, and who a true
pastor," says St. Bernard.
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