7th MAY: ST FLAVIUS AND ST CELERINUS, MARTYRS
• Bishop Flavius, and four companions suffered martyrdom for their Christian faith in Nicomedia (northwestern Turkey), in the 3rd century. The circumstances of their deaths have been lost to history. Their veneration as saints is ancient, because they are listed on 7th May in the “Syriac Martyrology”, an early listing of saints dating from the fourth century. The commemoration of Flavius and his companions has been retained for 7th May in the 2004 edition of the Church’s official book of saints, the “Roman Martyrology”.
• Celerinus was a Christian martyred in North Africa with numerous companions before A.D. 500. The commemoration of these martyrs on 7th May is traceable to the “Martyrologium Hieronymianum” (Martyrology of Jerome), an early listing of saints, formerly attributed to Saint Jerome, dating from the second half of the fifth century. Nothing further is known as to how and when these martyrs died, but it has been suggested that Celerinus was a bishop.
“All who are thirsty, come to the living waters, alleluia!”