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Saint Gorgonius


Gorgonius was a native of Nicomedia, and one of the chamberlains of the Emperor Diocletian of whose sufferings the historian Eusebius hath left us an account. According to which, Gorgonius and his fellow-chamberlain Dorotheus, who are said to have converted the other chamber-servants to believe in Christ, came one day into the presence of Diocletian, and saw their fellow-servant Peter undergoing torture. And the courage of his testimony roused them to protest their own faith, saying: Why, O Emperor, dost thou punish this man only, by condemning something which we share with him? his belief is our belief! The Emperor thereupon ordered them to be bound and tortured, and their martyred bodies cast into the sea, lest they should be venerated by the Christians. Now these things happened on March 11th, in 304. But later the body of the holy Gorgonius is believed to have been recovered and brought to Rome; and September 9th is the day upon which the translation thereof is celebrated.


WE beseech thee, O Lord: that thy blessed Martyr Gorgonius may at all times gladden us with his intercession; and cause us ever to rejoice in the devout observance of his festival. 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 1421-1422

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