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Saints Cyriacus, Largus, & Smaragdus


Cyriacus was a Deacon at Rome under Pope Saint Marcellus. In the persecution of Diocletian, about 304, he was crowned with martyrdom on March 16th. With him suffered Largus and Smaragdus, and twenty others. The foregoing is attested by early inscriptions and writings. In later days various marvels were told of Saint Cyriacus among other things, that he cast out a devil from Arthemia, a daughter of Diocletian; and being sent to Sapor, King of the Persians, he also delivered his daughter Jobia from a foul spirit. He thereupon baptized the king, her father, and four hundred and thirty others, and afterwards returned to Rome. Where he was arrested, and dragged in chains before the Emperor's chariot. Then after four days he was tortured with many torments, and at last slain with the axe, along with Largus, Smaragdus, and their twenty Companions. Their martyrdom took place on the Salarian Way, where, it is said, their bodies were buried by John the Priest; but afterwards, on August 8th, Pope Marcellus and the noble Lady Lucina reverently interred them on the farm belonging to the said Lady Lucina, at the Seventh Milestone from Rome, on the road to Ostia.


O GOD, who makest us glad with the yearly festival of thy holy Martyrs, Cyriacus, Largus, and Smaragdus: mercifully grant that, as we now observe their heavenly birthday, so we may imitate their constancy in suffering for thy sake. 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 1371

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