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Friday, October 25, 2013

Sts. Chrysanthus and Daria

(d. 283 A.D.)
Ordinary Time: October 25th

According to legend these two saints belonged to the nobility. Daria received baptism through the efforts of her husband Chrysanthus.

In Rome, they were instrumental in bringing many to the faith, for which cause they were cruelly martyred. Chrysanthus was sewn inside an ox's hide and placed where the sun shone hottest. Taken to a house of ill-fame, Daria was protected by a lion while she passed the time in prayer. Finally, both were buried alive in a sand-pit, and thereby, together gained the crown of martyrdom (283). They were buried in the Jordan cemetery on the Via Saleria, Rome

At the same site were buried sixty-two soldiers who died as martyrs, and also a group of faithful, who had gathered together for the holy Sacrifice on the anniversary of saints' deaths but were cut down by the enemies of Christ.

Excerpted from The Church's Year of Grace, Pius Parsch


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