(d. ~250 AD)
Easter: May 18th
When still a boy of fifteen, Venantius was martyred for his faith in his
native city under the Emperor Decius. With heroic steadfastness he
endured many and unspeakably cruel tortures. According to legend, he was
scourged, burned with torches and hung headfirst over a smoking fire. He
was then thrown to the lions; while they lay like lambs at his feet, he
preached the Gospel to the people. This induced many pagans to accept the
faith. Finally, he was beheaded.
— Excerpted from The Church's Year of Grace, Pius Parsch.