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Saints Protus and Hyacinth


On this day since early times, have been commemorated the Martyrs Protus and Hyacinth, who are believed to have been brothers. In 1845 the burial-place of Hyacinth was found undisturbed in the Cemetery of Saint Basilla, on the Old Salarian Way at Rome. There, under an ancient inscription which was found to read: Hyacinth the Martyr, buried September 11th: were discovered ashes and charred human bones wrapped in the remains of a costly fabric. Nearby was an empty tomb, bearing the inscription: The tomb of Protus the Martyr. The story which in later days came to be told of these Martyrs is this: They were slave-eunuchs in Egypt of Saint Eugenia the Virgin, and were baptized with her; whereafter they studied God's Word diligently, and dwelt for a while in a monastery; and then they followed Eugenia to Rome, where they brought Saint Basilla to the Faith; and were for Christ's sake cruelly put to death with her, about the year 257.


WE pray thee, O Lord: that we may at all times be comforted by the meritorious confession of thy blessed Martyrs, Protus and Hyacinth; and be ever defended by their loving intercession. 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, page 1423

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