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Saints Mark and Marcellianus

Martyrs.  

Mark and Marcellianus were martyred about the year 287, and their tomb, in the Catacomb of Balbina, may be seen even to this day. But of the details of their passion there are no authentic records remaining. They are said to have been brothers, Romans, who were arrested by the Commander Fabian for believing in Christ, and fastened to a beam by nails driven through their feet. When the judge said these words: Come to your senses, and deliver yourselves from these torments; they answered him: What we are now doing is for Jesus Christ's sake, in whose love we now begin to be firmly fixed. In torment they for a day and a night sang the praises of God, and in the end were stabbed with daggers, and attained the glory of martyrdom. Their bodies were buried on the Via Ardeatina.

Collect

GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God: that we, who observe the heavenly birthday of thy holy Martyrs, Mark and Marcellianus, may by their intercession be delivered from all evils that beset us. 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 1247, 1248

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