SAINTS TIMOTHY AND MAURA, MARTYRS +286
It was during the early days of the bloody anti-Christian persecution under the Roman Emperor Diocletian (284-305) that Timothy, a young lector in the church of Penapeis (near Antinoe, Egypt), married Maura, a girl who shared his love for studying the Sacred Scriptures.
Only twenty days after their wedding, Timothy was arrested for his faith.
Summoned before the Roman governor, he was ordered to surrender to the pagans his church’s texts of the Bible. Timothy refused to do so. The Romans thereupon subjected him to a round of tortures, severing his eyebrows and burning his ears.
When these torments failed to shake Timothy’s constancy, the Romans summoned his new bride Maura, assuming that she would change his mind with her tears.
Upon arriving, Maura rejected the command of the governor and declared herself ready to die at her husband’s side.
Enraged by her reply, the pagans tore out her hair. The newlyweds were nailed side by side to a wall, where the two consoled each other as their lives slowly ebbed away over the course of nine days. Timothy and Maura are commemorated together on 3rd May.
“May the God of all grace who calls us to eternal glory in Christ confirm, strengthen and support us. Amen.”