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Saints Tiburtius, Valerian, and Maximus


Tiburtius, Valerian, and Maximus have been honoured as Martyrs from an early date; and the Catacomb of Saint Callistus, where their bodies were found, was known at one time as the Cemetery of Saint Tiburtius. Their story is to be found in the Acts of Saint Cecilia, which same, however, originated so long after their martyrdom, that its details cannot be accepted with certainty. These Acts tell us that Valerius was a pagan Roman noble, betrothed to the holy Virgin Cecilia, and was by her brought to Christ. And he in turn brought his brother Tiburtius. Whereupon these two young men gave themselves to good works. And for their care in burying the bodies of Martyrs, which the Roman law forbade, they were tortured and beheaded by order of the Prefect Almachius, in the latter part of the second century. And their constancy under torture converted Maximus, chamberlain to the Prefect, with several other of his servants, all of whom were later tortured and killed, because they ceased to be servants of the evil one, and became the servants of Christ.


GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God: that we who keep this feast of thy blessed Martyrs, Tiburtius, Valerian, and Maximus; may likewise follow the example of their virtues. Through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

The Anglican Breviary, Frank Gavin Liturgical Foundation, Inc., New York, 1955, pages 1168-1169

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