Easter: June 2nd
Peter, an exorcist, was cast into prison at Rome, under the
emperor Diocletian, by the judge Serenus, for confessing the
Christian faith. He there set free Paulina, the daughter of
Artemius, the keeper of the prison, from an evil spirit which
tormented her. Upon this, Artemius and his wife and all their
house, with their neighbors who had run together to see the
strange thing, were converted to Jesus Christ. Peter therefore
brought them to Marcellinus the priest, who baptized them all.
When Serenus heard of it, he called Peter and Marcellinus before
him, and sharply rebuked them, adding to his bitter words threats
and terrors unless they would deny Christ. Marcellinus answered
him with Christian boldness, whereupon he caused him to be
buffeted, separated him from Peter, and shut him up naked in a
prison strewn with broken glass, without either food or light.
Peter also he confined. But when both of them were found to
increase in faith and courage in their bonds, they were beheaded,
unshaken in their testimony, and confessing Jesus Christ
gloriously by their blood.