Ordinary Time: July 10th
During the persecution decreed by Emperor Marcus Aurelius (161-168),
seven brothers, sons of the saintly Felicitas, were tempted to
renounce their Christian faith; the prefect Publius first used
flattery, then resorted to atrocious torments. But they remained
steadfast, and their mother encouraged them in confessing Christ.
Different types of death were allotted them. Januarius died under
the scourge; Felix and Philip were beaten with clubs; Silanus was
cast from a rock; Alexander, Vitalis and Martial were beheaded.
Four months later their mother, too, suffered martyrdom. Burial took
place in different cemeteries.
During the eighth century Silanus and his mother were taken to the
Church of St. Susanna at Rome, where they still rest. Alexander came
into the possession of the abbey church of Farfa.
Excerpted from The Church's Year of Grace, Pius