Tagged: Martyrs

St. Boniface: Apostle of Germany

June 5 is the memorial of St. Boniface, bishop and martyr. He was chosen by God to become Germany’s great apostle and patron. St. Boniface is the patron of: brewers, file cutters, and tailors. St. Boniface was born in Devonshire, England, around 680. Known as the apostle of Germany, Boniface was an English Benedictine monk who gave up being elected abbot to devote his life...

Sts. Marcelinus and Peter, Martyrs

On June 2, we honor Sts. Marcellinus and Peter — two fourth century Roman martyrs who suffered under the Diocletian persecution. Marcellinus was a priest, Peter an exorcist. Peter was thrown into prison at Rome, under the emperor Diocletian, by the judge, Serenus, for stating that he was a Christian. While in prison, he freed Paulina, the daughter of Artemius, the prison keeper, from an...

Feast of Saints Philip and James, Apostles

Today is the feast of two Apostles, Saints Philip and James. The two are connected on this feast day as they shared the patronage of an ancient Roman basilica, which is known today as the Church of the Twelve Apostles. The church was built around their relics. Their names are mentioned in the first list in the Canon of the Mass. Philip, a fisherman, came from...

St. Roderick of Cordoba, Priest and Martyr

The saint of the day for March 13 is St. Roderick of Cordoba. Also known as Ruderic, he was a priest in Cabra, Spain during the persecution of Christians by the Moors. Roderick had two brothers, one was a Muslim and the other, a fallen-away Catholic. One day, he tried to stop an argument between his two brothers. However, his brothers turned on him and...

St. Fabian, the Farmer who became Pope

The saint of the day for January 20 is St. Fabian, pope (236-250) and martyr. Eusebius, a historian, recounted that Fabian was a layperson, most likely a farmer, who came to Rome, when the people were electing a successor to Pope Anterus. As a layperson, he may have come for the same reason many still come to Rome today during a papal election: concern for...

The Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs

Today we commemorate the Feast of the Holy Innocents. All male children under the age of two in Bethlehem were massacred by King Herod the Great in an attempt to kill the child Jesus. We call these Holy Innocents, martyrs, because they died in the place of Christ. St. Augustine called them “buds, killed by the frost of persecution the moment they showed themselves.” In...