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Saint Nicomede

Martyr.  

Of this Nicomede, nothing is certainly known except that he died a martyr's death for the Faith at Rome in the very earliest days, and was buried on the Via Nomentana; whence his relicks were translated, in 817, to the Church of Saint Praxedes. The Acts of Saints Nereus and Achilles, which are not accepted as completely historical, say that he was a priest who was seized during the persecution of the Christians by the Emperor Domitian, because he had buried the body of the Virgin Felicia, which same had been slain by the Count Flaccus for confessing the Christian Faith. Forasmuch as he stoutly disobeyed the command to sacrifice to the gods, saying: I do not sacrifice except to the one true God who reigneth in heaven: he was flogged to death. Thereupon Flaccus ordered his body to be thrown into the Tiber, but Justus, clerk to Nicomede, sought diligently for it until he found it, and buried it honourably upon the road to Mentana, hard by the walls of the city.

Collect

WE beseech thee, O Lord, mercifully to assist thy people: that, like as we do venerate the singular merits of thy blessed Martyr Saint Nicomede, so his advocacy may at all times succour us to the obtaining of thy mercy. 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 1441, 1442

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