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ST VENANTIUS – ANGELS CAME TO HIS AID

09 May
ST VENANTIUS – ANGELS CAME TO HIS AID

ST VENANTIUS, MARTYR; FEAST DAY: MAY 18

Venantius, a fifteen I years old boy and a native of Camerino, was tried before Antiochus, governor of the town under Decius, at the city gate for being a Christian.

The governor tried to influence him with promises and threats for a long time, and then ordered him whipped and heavily chained.

An angel miraculously released him, and he was then burned with torches and hung face down over a fire. Again before the governor, he had his teeth knocked out and his jaw broken and, with these injuries, was thrown into a dung pit.

An angel rescued him, and again he faced a judge. While Venantius was addressing him, he fell from the judgment seat and died exclaiming, “The God of Venantius is the true God; destroy our gods.”

After new and refined tortures, he was, at last, beheaded with ten others and his glorious struggle ended. The Christians buried their bodies in a place of honour, and they now rest in the church dedicated to Venantius at Camerino.

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 

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