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Saturday, May 18, 2013

St. Venantius

(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.

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