Saints Marcellinus and Peter have been Roman Christians who suffered martyrdom for his or her religion at the start of the fourth century. Marcellinus was a priest in Rome and Peter was an exorcist. (At one level within the Church’s historical past, exorcists comprised a minor order within the ecclesiastical hierarchy, rating beneath deacons and sub-deacons.) During the extreme persecution of the Church ordered by the Emperor Diocletian, each males have been arrested and imprisoned.
According to legend, Marcellinus and Peter not solely strengthened the religion of different Christians imprisoned with them; additionally they made new converts, together with the jailer — a person named Arthemius — and his spouse and daughter. Along with the opposite Christians, Marcellinus and Peter have been condemned to demise in regards to the 12 months 304; the 2 saints have been taken to a wooden exterior Rome named Silva Nigra, the place they have been beheaded in secret (in order that their place of burial wouldn’t be identified to the Church, and within the hopes that their instance of braveness and religion can be forgotten).
Ironically, their names have been preserved and commemorated over the centuries within the Roman Canon (Eucharistic Prayer I) used at Mass. Pope St. Damasus (d. 384) had, whereas a boy, talked to Arthemius in regards to the two saints; as pope, he later wrote an epitaph for his or her tombs.
1. As Jesus stated, “Nothing is hid that won’t be revealed, nor secret that won’t be made identified” (Mt 10:26). The Roman authorities tried to execute Saints Marcellinus and Peter in secret in order to erase their reminiscence — however by their brave martyrdom, God has granted them everlasting renown.
2. Difficulties and misfortunes can really present alternatives for spreading the gospel; Marcellinus and Peter used their imprisonment as a manner of bringing nonetheless extra individuals to know and comply with Christ.
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picture: Maeryrium der Hl. Marcellinus und Petrus by way of WikimediaCommons