(died 67 A.D.)
Ordinary Time: July 2nd
The Holy Martyrs Processus and Martinian were pagans, and they
served as guards at the Mamertine prison in Rome.
State criminals were held in this prison, among them some
Christians. Watching the Christian prisoners and listening to their
preaching, Processus and Martinian gradually came to the knowledge
of the Savior. When the holy Apostle Peter was locked up at the
Mamertine prison, Processus and Martinian came to believe in Christ.
They accepted holy Baptism from the apostle and released him from
The jailer Paulinus learned about this, and he demanded that Sts
Processus and Martinian renounce Christ. But they fearlessly
confessed Christ, and they spat at the golden statue of Jupiter.
Paulinus ordered that they be slapped on the face, and then seeing
the resolute stance of the holy martyrs, he subjected them to
torture. The martyrs were beaten with iron rods, scorched with fire,
and finally, thrown into prison.
A certain illustrious and pious woman, by the name of Lucina,
visited them in prison and gave them help and encouragement. The
torturer Paulinus was soon punished by God. He fell blind and died
three days later. The son of Paulinus went to the city ruler
demanding that the martyrs be put to death. Sts Processus and
Martinian were beheaded by the sword.
Lucina buried the bodies of the martyrs. Today their tomb is in the
south transept of St Peter's Basilica in Rome.
Excerpted from the Orthodox Church in America